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reply to Karl Bode

Re: ESPN is not "the Internet"

This is not "free" programming, and while NBCU may have bobbled their implementation they are fully within their rights to decide how content they pay dearly to produce and broadcast is distributed. Your insistence that all video product being available via all distribution channels as some kind of fundamental right cheapens the very real battle to be faced by content providers who can't get past an ISP's demands for payment. In fact, it is the exact opposite. The content producers control their product, not the ISPs, nor you.

NBC has hired six different survey companies to measure the various ways their Olympics is being consumed and is using it as a laboratory to inform future efforts both by NBCU and others. You can't seem to get past the fact that they dare ask to be paid.



Karl Bode
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Your insistence that all video product being available via all distribution channels as some kind of fundamental right.
Nowhere was this said.
You can't seem to get past the fact that they dare ask to be paid.
Not only making straw men (How dare companies demand to be paid!), you're also missing every single point made in the article, RadioDoc. (doh)

One, NBC's Olympic streaming service creates a broken paywall apparatus many users say is not working. Despite offering coverage free over the air with ads, for whatever reason offering free live streaming with ads is considered some kind of insanity by terrified NBC executives. They're simply trying to pretend the open Internet doesn't exist and in the process made it harder to access their content. Genius!

Two, restricting user access to content based on their ISP also tries to obliterate the open Internet concept by trying to scare ISPs into ponying up for content. It drives up end user cost, further marginalizes already incredibly marginalized smaller ISPs who can't afford to pay, and also tries to pretend the open Internet can be beaten back with enough force.


BBBanditRuR
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join:2009-06-02
Parachute, CO

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Again, with all this technology, we're unable to access content. I can't get OTA, but I have Internet, and yet STILL cannot (legally) get coverage.

Oh well, guess the local pub will have to do, they have a bigger screen anyways.



tubbynet
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reply to Karl Bode

said by Karl Bode:

Two, restricting user access to content based on their ISP also tries to obliterate the open Internet concept by trying to scare ISPs into ponying up for content. It drives up end user cost, further marginalizes already incredibly marginalized smaller ISPs who can't afford to pay, and also tries to pretend the open Internet can be beaten back with enough force.
i'm even more frustrated that i can't view the content from university. i could only imagine the frustration of international students not able to view their home team in full. complete and utter bull as far as i'm concerned.

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KrK
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reply to Karl Bode

Think DirecTV and Sunday Ticket model moved to the 'Net.

In order to keep subscribers, ISP's run around and license "exclusive" content with popular websites. Wrong ISP= no content for you! ... They pay whatever they have too.

Then they raise the rates of all their customers to cover this expense. We all lose. Is the future of the Internet? Seems likely.
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"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini



Karl Bode
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reply to tubbynet

Yeah I didn't even think about the fact that people who pay for NBC TV service at home can't access this content while at work or away from home....in an age where broadband and Wi-Fi are everywhere, no less...