A la carte TV programming is on everyones mind after FCC chairman Kevin Martin spoke on Tuesday about a new report that concludes a la carte TV programming is economically feasible and in the best interest of consumers. The new report contradicts an earlier report released in 2004 that states a la carte TV offerings would equal higher rates.
"I had many concerns with this (earlier) report, including the logic and some of the assumptions used," Martin said during his testimony to the Senate forum. "I asked the media bureau, as well as our chief economist, to take a more thorough look at the issue. The staff is now finalizing a report that concludes that the earlier report relied on problematic assumptions and presented incorrect and incomplete analysis."
According to an article in the Red Herring
today, the reaction of the telcos is favorable. "Verizon Communications and AT&T, the two largest telecommunications carriers in the United States, see the unbundling of television packages currently being pushed by regulators as an opportunity to steal subscribers from the incumbent cable and satellite operators."
"There is some feeling that this may be a differentiator for Verizon or AT&T," said Verizon spokesperson Eric Rabe. "This could be something that either company adopts to differentiate themselves, but we are still examining our options in this area."
- In other news, Telecom Italia rolled out their IPTV service.
- Intel released an announcement on Viiv, their upcoming PC platform to manage movies, TV, music, games, and photos.
- Skype added video capability to their software with the help of On2.
We also attended the PVR 2006 conference in Munich, Germany. The conference was well executed by thebrainbehind with some interesting concepts coming out of it (More so with the topic sliding quite frequently from PVR to IPTV).
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