The DOJ cable probe and retrans took the spotlight at the House Telecom subcmte Future of Video hearing Wed as witnesses representing cable, OTT, satellite and broadcast took shots at eachother. Republican members made it clear that they are against expanding video regulation, but members of the Democratic minority believed new rules might be needed to protect nascent companies. Full coverage in today’s issue.
Also in the June 28 issue of CableFAX Daily:
DirecTV, already mired in a retrans blackout with Diversified Comm stations, could have another one on its hands. Northwest Broadcasting is threatening to pull stations on Sun.
Comcast has agreed to pay $800K and extend its FCC NBCU merger condition to provide reasonably priced standalone broadband service to consumers who don’t take cable from the company until Feb ’15. This settles an FCC probe into whether the MSO was adequately marketing the standalone broadband service.
The 2012 London Summer Olympics marks the 1st Olympics coverage by NBC Universal since the merger with Comcast. Read what NBCU execs, including NBC Sports chmn Mark Lazarus, have to say about the Games.
Is speed or reliability most important when it comes to Internet service? Steve Effros, former President of CATA and advisor to the cable industry, explains his opinion in this issue’s “Think About That for a Minute.”