Cable (Still) Rules

Internet, Schminternet. Your video options are on the decline.

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

March 3, 2006

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Cable (Still) Rules

12:30 PM -- Internet, Schminternet. Your video options are on the decline.

From The Philter regulatory file bin, an excerpt from the FCC's latest cable competition report, which helps make the RBOCs' argument that there are actually fewer video offerings now (outside of cable and satellite) than there have been in the past:

As of June 2005, 69.4 percent of MVPD [Multichannel Video Programming Distributor] subscribers received video programming from a franchised cable operator, as compared to 71.6 percent as of June 2004.

DBS [direct broadcast satellite] subscribers comprise the second largest group of MVPD households, representing 27.7 percent of total MVPD subscribers as of June 2005, compared to 25.1 percent in June 2004, an increase of more than 10 percent.

The competitive presence of MVPDs other than cable or DBS declined. The number of MVPD subscribers choosing all other delivery technologies decreased, representing 2.9 percent of all subscribers in June 2005, as compared to 3.3 percent in June 2004.

This is especially of interest because this data comes after the RBOCs entered the video market. While the RBOCs are causing a stir on the regulatory front, the FCC seems to be saying that cable still has fewer market challengers than ever. This could be great news for non-traditional/Internet-based video service providers.

— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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