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Raydr
Premium,MVM
join:2000-11-19
Carrollton, TX
reply to Jason Levine

Re: Possible IP TV First Step

said by Jason Levine:

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.

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)?


Jason Levine
Premium
join:2001-07-13
USA

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.
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-Jason Levine


ISurfTooMuch

join:2007-04-23
Tuscaloosa, AL

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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.


wkm001

join:2009-12-14
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?



Jason Levine
Premium
join:2001-07-13
USA

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.)
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-Jason Levine