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A Television Renaissance

Technology is transforming TV, giving American viewers more choices and more control than ever before. Video apps from traditional distributors and pioneering services like Hulu, Netflix, and Sling TV, and standalone apps from networks such as CBS and HBO, and major sports leagues offer an unprecedented selection of content. Revolutionary app-powered devices like Roku, Apple TV, and cloud DVRs let fans watch their favorite shows across a variety of screens. TV is remaking its future – giving viewers more ways than ever to enjoy their favorite shows.

But this 'Golden Age' is in Jeopardy

Some Big Tech companies want to short-circuit this progress, asking the FCC to replace this dynamic innovation with a sweeping new government rule – often called “AllVid.” They’re asking the federal government for a special handout – a new technology mandate that would let them profit at the expense of viewers and creators.

New Name, Same Shell Game

While misleadingly portrayed as a means to provide choice in the market for Pay TV navigation devices, AllVid would actually burden consumers with new equipment and require costly engineering changes to let tech companies unbundle and repackage TV services as their own – profiting from the content without sharing in the costs of creating it or negotiating for the right to use it like everyone else in the market does.

Consumers Lose with AllVid

An AllVid mandate would require costly network re-engineering, forcing consumers to foot the bill. Under AllVid, viewers could also be bombarded by new layers of advertising, while losing vital privacy protections as tech companies start tracking their viewing habits.

Diverse, Independent Programming Will Suffer

Rather than investing in their own programming or negotiating with other content creators, Big Tech companies want the FCC to allow them to “poach” video programming without honoring agreements or paying licensing fees. Critics call it a “a brazen money grab”. Small, diverse and independent programmers would be particularly at risk from AllVid which, according to TV One's Alfred Liggins and others, could lead to a “new form of digital redlining”with minority programming shunted to channel guide backwaters. That’s why 30 members of the Congressional Black Caucus sent the FCC a letter opposing AllVid.


Another Government-Mandated Box

TV is already moving toward a future that relies more on apps and cloud-based services. In some places, viewers can already access their entire pay-TV package over digital apps without using a set-top box, a trend that will only accelerate. But AllVid would reverse this trend, requiring TV subscribers to lease and install a new government-mandated adapter box that undermines security and anti-piracy protections in order to watch TV on a new "AllVid-compatible" retail device.

Caught in the Past

Because of these and other technological, policy, and legal problems, the FCC wisely declined to pursue AllVid in 2010. The AllVid idea makes even less sense today and would do far more harm in light of the successful and rapid changes over the past five years. As Apple’s Tim Cook recently said, “the future of TV is apps.” Networks, streaming video services, and traditional TV distributors have all embraced this vision for the future, offering consumers a tidal wave of new options for how, where, and when to watch their shows. An AllVid mandate would not only be damaging to viewers and creators of diverse content, but it would also be obsolete before it was even enacted – yet another reason why the FCC should reject this deeply flawed proposal.

What Others Are Saying

Sign The Petition To Tell The FCC To Reject AllVid

Add your name to the growing list of consumers telling the FCC to support app-driven innovation and to reject one-size-fits-all tech mandate that harm consumers, require obsolete technologies and limit the explosion of new content, diverse voices, and new experiences.
Sign the petition opposing AllVid.