|reply to Jason Levine |
Re: Possible IP TV First Step
said by Jason Levine:I can't help but wonder what kinds of lawsuits or conflicts we'll see due to "franchise agreements" or area exclusivity agreements or something (where a city or area has agreed that Cable Company X will be the sole TV provider)?
sooner or later one of them will realize that if they make an app like this available to everyone across the country (for a subscription fee, of course), they instantly expand their footprint and gain customers.
A city should have no jurisdiction to say "XYZ's nationally available, Internet-based video service" can't be offered here because we've agreed to give Cable Company X a monopoly. Those franchise agreements might protect against a rival cable company laying down fiber to make a competing service, but a pure-IP TV play should be out of the scope of the agreement.
Actually, exclusive franchise agreements became illegal back in the '80s, so a city can't say anything about this any more than they can say anything about satellite dishes.
|reply to Raydr |
My city has a non exclusive franchise agreement with Comcast. But no cable company wants to be the second cable company. To re-run all that coax for maybe half of the customers isn't worth it. What about DirecTV?
Thus the lure of an IP TV setup. You'd need to run zero coax. Just release the app, let people sign up online, and stream the videos. Users would utilize whatever Internet service they already have (Comcast, FIOS, Time Warner Cable, etc.)