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steve q 4/18/2016 | 9:44:59 PM
Re: One consumer's example Hi will you see verizon be in this move, will there new idea of g90 be there answer. But after winning the hearts of Boston they are pushing out of the fois and putting in there new mobile services. Verizon stop provide a app for the Samsung and Xbox 360 yhat could have push new ides.
LeadSecu42340 4/18/2016 | 8:02:06 PM
Re: One consumer's example Mitch, you are spot on with regard to the Obama initiative.  If he truly wanted to ensure consumers got free or inexpensive news, information, and entertainment, Obama would direct the FCC to carefully repack the television spectrum to ensure that no stations move from UHF to VHF (which might require a new antenna) and mandate that ATSC 3.0 AND 1.0 tuners are in new television hardware.  He is simply pandering to Google or whoever else wants a piece of Comcast's pie.  In the end, consumers will lose as the premium providers shift cost from the rental box to content, internet, and infrastructure.  

Think I'm kidding?  Look what the government is letting the utilities do after conning consumers to spend $40-50k on solar panels...


As for your personal situation, I would simply like to remind you that OTT is not the only alternative to a premium provider.  Broadcast television is not dead.  In fact, it's better than ever...


An antenna is free for life.  You can supplement it with OTT or a skinny cable package.
marjsdad 4/18/2016 | 4:31:29 PM
I've got plenty of apps Let's see. I can access my live and on-demand pay-tv content on my computer, my cell phone, and my tablet, in and out of the home. In the home, I can get ALL of my live channels to ALL those devices, and out of the home, about 100 of those live channels to all of those devices. To both dominant PC platforms (streaming to a TV if I wish), and to both dominant mobile platforms.

If I happened to subscribe to a provider that doesn't support all those platforms, I can get a great big chunk of the content I've paid for by authenticating to a content provider's app.

So again, what problem are we trying to solve here? 
brooks7 4/18/2016 | 3:13:38 PM
Re: One consumer's example Would seem to be simpler to encourage OTT video and eliminate the whole STB problem.  In the long term the problem will go away naturally.

msilbey 4/18/2016 | 12:57:48 PM
Re: One consumer's example Mitch- Can you get your cable TV service (or FiOS or Dish or whatever) on that Roku, Apple TV, etc.? That's part of what the FCC is trying to solve. 

The other part is making it possible for third parties to create new user experiences around existing pay-TV content. Like TiVo has done, but that's on a limited basis and with the handicap of having to deal with a CableCARD in retail.

In theory, the FCC would like non-incumbents to be able to create new user interfaces that still access the pay-TV content you've paid for. These third-party interfaces could also include content from OTT services and offer search and discovery applications that operate across both pay-TV and OTT content. 
Mitch Wagner 4/18/2016 | 12:44:43 PM
One consumer's example I'm unclear on what problem the FCC is trying to solve here. I can go to Best Buy and buy any number of set-top boxes for my TV: Roku, Apple TV, Chrome, Amazon Fire, etc. The FCC might say those are different animals – but are they really?

And I don't think I understand how unbundling the directory function creates additional competition or value for the consumer.

BTW (and I think this is related): I've given thought for a couple of years to cutting the cord, but finally decided not to when we signed up for Hulu and discovered a couple of our favorite new shows weren't on there. We'd have to pay $1.99 per episode. That was the last straw. And I'd read that cord-cutting actually doesn't save you much money – it might even cost more – once you've put together all the pieces to recreate the experience your cable company gives you. 

And it seemed like a lot of work. I don't want to work that hard to watch TV. I just want to watch a little TV at the end of the day. 

I wonder how typical my experience is of overall consumers.
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