Future of Video

Video distribution is no longer exclusive to cable, broadcast, satellite, and other “MVPDs” (Multichannel Video Programming Distributors). Increasingly, consumers are “cutting the cord” and turning to alternative, web-based means of accessing their favorite video content. For many consumers, services like online video, Hulu, and streaming Netflix and devices like Roku, Popbox, and Kylo, are less expensive alternatives that also allow them more control over the content they pay for.

One of the ways that the incumbent video  programming industry is preventing this competition from moving forward is by inhibiting the use of electronic programming guide (EPG) data by third party devices, and justifying this inhibition through copyright claims.

Online video is a potentially thriving new market. Every day, more and more content is available online, spurring innovation in ways to access that content. Incumbent distributors—cable, satellite, phone company TV services, et al—shouldn’t be allowed to kill this innovation in the cradle.

Public Knowledge is fighting to ensure that policy reflects and encourages the vibrancy of video in the 21st century.

To learn more check out the following:

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We filed comments with the FCC about the future of video as a viable competitor for traditional MVPDs.

We have prodced podcasts on the Future of Video.

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