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Black Caucus Members Tell FCC AllVid Would Be Disaster

John Eggerton   •   Broadcasting & Cable   •   December 2, 2015

Cable operators have an ally in Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) and 29 other members of the Congressional Black Caucus when it comes to their opposition to turning the sunset of the set-top integration ban into the sunrise of an AllVid proposal. The legislators have written FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to tell him that proposal would be a disaster--their term--for consumers and particularly minorities.   [Read More]

Dems Have DSTAC Issues, Too

John Eggerton   •   Multichannel News   •   November 18, 2015

It was not only Republicans who took aim at the FCC's (DSTAC) Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee report on set-top box security at a House FCC oversight hearing this week. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) used his first question to the FCC commissioner panel to tell FCC chairman Tom Wheeler that the DSTAC report mandated by Congress in the STELAR Act "provides no assurances that under an AllVid, unlike an apps approach, congressionally mandated protections like privacy and emergency alerts would be honored." He asked the chairman how that approach would serve the public interest.   [Read More]

House Members: DSTAC Shouldn’t Try to Revive AllVid

John Eggerton   •   Broadcasting & Cable   •   June 18, 2015

A bipartisan pair of House members has asked the FCC's Downloadable Security Technical Advisory Committee (DSTAC) to keep to its statutory mandate and not stray into reviving the AllVid proposal for mandating set top standards for passing through video from various sources. Cable operators have long argued against the AllVid proposal, or what they called a" single guiding regulatory prescription".   [Read More]

Why Are We Really Having This Fight?

Future of TV Coalition   •   Medium   •   April 14, 2016

So we’re back to the original question: why are we even having this fight? The answer, in a word: Google...   [Read More]

Stop piracy apocalypse: ‘Walking Dead’ producer

Gale Anne Hurd   •   USA Today   •   April 12, 2016

If the Federal Communications Commission approves Chairman Tom Wheeler’s regulatory proposal to “open” set-top boxes, it will make piracy as easy and dangerous in the living room as it is on laptop and mobile devices...   [Read More]

Leading civil rights groups urge FCC to “hit the ‘pause’ button” on set-top box proposal

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   March 21, 2016

Earlier today, the National Urban League and nine other leading civil rights organizations sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the Commission to "hit the 'pause' button" on the set-top box proceeding and conduct a disparity study to determine how the proposal will impact diversity and inclusion on television...   [Read More]

Why Is The FCC Handing Google Your TV?

Ev Ehrlich   •   Newsweek   •   March 18, 2016

Regulation is supposed to protect us, whether from changing climate or lead in our water or speculators who crash financial markets. But the FCC has proposed a regulation that hands control of your TV to the country’s biggest monopolist, Google...   [Read More]

Stacking the deck at the FCC

Fred Campbell   •   The Washington Times   •   March 14, 2016

A lot of dissatisfaction with Washington is built on the sense that the deck is stacked in favor of a select few. A recent example is the unnecessary proposal for new TV rules being considered at the FCC...   [Read More]

Consumers have too many remotes — and the government is here to help

Geoffrey A. Manne   •   The Hill   •   March 11, 2016

Today’s FCC leadership has a penchant for adopting massive regulatory schemes to solve trivial or hypothetical problems. Time and again it abjures well-functioning, if imperfect, markets, opting instead to put a government thumb on the scale in favor of its preferred outcome — whether supported by economic logic or not...   [Read More]

A new threat to diversity on TV

Frank Washington   •   The Seattle Times   •   March 8, 2016

Worrisome new federal regulations proposed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, with the support of large technology companies, such as Google, have thrown a dark cloud over this revolution — one that could deprive many communities of the tailored, in-language program options we have worked so hard to provide...   [Read More]

The Hidden Costs of ‘AllVid’

David Balto   •   The Washington Times   •   February 17, 2016

The FCC claims its new rules — similar to the “AllVid” mandate rejected by the Obama FCC in 2010 — are needed to let large tech companies create new set-top boxes viewers could buy to replace the ones they currently lease from their satellite, cable or fiber video provider. That sounds like a win for competition — until you read the fine print...   [Read More]

Out of the (set-top) box and behind the curtain

Adonis Hoffman   •   The Hill   •   February 15, 2016

At first glance, the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) proposal to open the set-top box market to competition would seem a bold and beneficent nod to consumers and the public interest. But like many policy maneuvers in Washington, nothing is as it first seems, and there is more to this than meets the eye. At stake are billions of dollars in revenue, the reconfiguration of a market and a host of societal issues that go well beyond notions of consumer price or choice, including privacy, data protection, piracy and equal opportunity.   [Read More]

Fighting AllVid mischief for the future of TV

Nomi M. Bergman and Alfred C. Liggins III   •   The Cleveland Plain Dealer   •   February 14, 2016

Just as wall-sized flat screens have replaced bulky TV cabinets, apps will make set-top boxes increasingly scarce and usher in a mobile "anytime, anywhere" revolution. This is what makes so surprising the effort by some tech giants to arrest this inexorable path forward and commandeer this "anytime, anywhere" world of apps to serve their narrow economic interests...   [Read More]

The Sketchy Stat Behind The FCC’s ‘Unlock The Box’ Campaign

Hal Singer   •   Forbes   •   February 5, 2016

According to a new Federal Communications Commission “Fact Sheet,” cable customers are experiencing runaway inflation in set-top boxes (STBs)—those anachronistic devices that are collecting dust in your cabinets—at a nominal clip of 185 percent since 1994... Most reporters didn’t scrutinize the study’s methodology; had they done so, they would have seen that the true rate of inflation in STBs is likely closer to zero.   [Read More]

The FCC Should Say No To AllVid: Part Two

Neil Fried   •   Motion Picture Association of America   •   February 3, 2016

Supporters of AllVid claim critics are just defending set-top box revenues. That is certainly not the MPAA’s motivation, as content creators do not receive those revenues. What concerns content creators is that AllVid isn’t really about helping viewers access content they have paid for; it’s about companies profiting from content they haven’t paid for.   [Read More]

No Good Market Goes Unregulated

Michael Powell   •   Re/Code   •   January 29, 2016

In yesterday’s Re/code op-ed justifying sweeping new regulation of the video marketplace, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler highlighted the virtues of watching pay-TV content on any and every device. I couldn’t agree more. The real question is why the government should inject itself in a marketplace that is teeming with innovation, choice and competition from both established players and just about every major technology company.   [Read More]

MMTC: FCC Set Top Box Proposal Undermines Media Diversity in Video Marketplace

Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC)   •   January 28, 2016

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) opposes the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) notice of proposed rulemaking on set-top boxes because it undermines goals for advancing diverse content. Like other minority-focused public interest groups, programmers, and elected officials, MMTC believes such a mandate would create “second class carriage” for diverse content and programming by making these offerings less visible and available to consumers in an already competitive video marketplace.   [Read More]

Television’s Trojan Horse

Catherine Pugh   •   The Hill   •   December 10, 2015

In simple terms, AllVid regulations would require existing television distributors like cable and satellite companies to hand over their programming to competitors like Google who would then repackage and resell it themselves. The AllVid companies wouldn’t have to do the hard work of negotiating for programming rights like every other distributor has to; they would just free-ride on rights negotiated by their competitors. Even worse, the AllVid companies wouldn’t have to respect most of the licensing terms and conditions on which small and minority networks depend. They could drop those networks, add new layers of advertising, and disregard agreements on vital terms like program schedules, channel placement, and advertising rights.   [Read More]

Protecting consumer choice, not special interests, in video

Alfred Liggins   •   The Tennessean   •   December 3, 2015

If there is one view that has united both sides of this divide, it is the idea that where competitive markets are functioning well, government regulators should keep their hands off. This is what makes so odd the effort by some special interests to regulate the television industry despite the fact that nearly everyone agrees that the video market is competitive and, if anything, producing more content than consumers can keep up with.   [Read More]

Why the FCC’s AllVid remains a really bad idea

Lawrence J. Spiwak   •   The Hill   •   October 14, 2015

Under Section 629 of the Communications Act, Congress directed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt regulations "to assure the commercial availability ... of converter boxes, interactive communications equipment, and other equipment used by consumers to access multichannel video programming ... from manufacturers, retailers, and other vendors." Yet despite considerable effort and more than $1 billion spent to implement the agency's CableCARD regime, the FCC repeatedly conceded that its "efforts [to implement Section 629] to date have not led to a robustly competitive retail market for navigation devices that connect to subscription video services."   [Read More]

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Labor Voices Continue to Criticize FCC’s Set-Top Box Plan

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   October 27, 2016

In letters filed this week with the FCC, the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the AFL-CIO, and its Department of Professional Employees (DPE) all highlighted ongoing concerns with the FCC’s set-top box proceeding, identifying both substantive problems with the rules and serious objections to the lack of transparency in the process...

Statement from the Future of TV Coalition: “Let the Sunshine In.”

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   October 7, 2016

The Future of TV Coalition issued the following statement today, responding to an FCC Public Notice posted last evening that lifted “sunshine” prohibitions in the set-top box proceeding but failed to also publish the full details of the new proposal...

Future of TV Coalition Responds to FCC Delay on Set-Top Box Proposal Vote

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   September 29, 2016

The Future of TV Coalition issued the following statement in response to the FCC's open hearing today...

This is Not the “Apps Approach” You’re Looking For

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   September 15, 2016

Appearing today before the Senate Commerce Committee, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler attempted to defend his controversial “revised” set-top box proposal to clearly skeptical lawmakers. The proposed mandate has faced withering criticism from stakeholders and advocates across the spectrum; Sen. Claire McCaskill observed that she’s “never seen such a unanimous opposition from providers, programmers, and the creative community.”

JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT: Members of the Creative Community Reject the Revised FCC Set-top Box Proposal’s Creativity, Innovation, and Job Chilling Intrusion into the Creative Economy

   •   Joint Statement   •   September 14, 2016

A diverse group of creative industry companies, advocacy groups, labor unions, associations, and programmers that raised concerns in April and May about the Federal Communications Commission’s initial proposal to regulate the set-top box market, citing concerns about its potential harmful impact on copyright and content creators’ ability to be compensated for their work, released the following statement on the revised FCC proposal announced last week...

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: National Urban League, Reps. Clarke & Green praise effort to require FCC to study impact of mandate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   June 9, 2016

Yesterday, National Urban League President Marc Morial sent a letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee praising language included in the FY 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill that would require the FCC to complete a study on the impact its proposed set-top box mandate would have on minority programming...

Statement from the Future of TV Coalition

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   June 9, 2016

In advance of a scheduled press conference to be held Thursday morning by supporters of the FCC’s proposed set-top box mandate, the Future of TV Coalition issued the following statement...

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Concern over FCC’s Set-Top Mandate Grows on Capitol Hill

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   May 31, 2016

The FCC’s controversial set-top box mandate continues to attract criticism and tough questions from a growing, bipartisan chorus of lawmakers. Last week, a series of letters voicing specific concerns over the proposal’s impact on rural communities, cybersecurity, energy efficiency, copyright protections, and privacy were sent to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler – including letters from the leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees...

Over 300,000 Americans File Against the FCC Set-Top Box Mandate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   May 24, 2016

(Washington, D.C.)   The Future of TV released the following statement on opposition to the FCC’s set top box mandate: “The more Americans learn about the FCC’s set-top box mandate, the less they like it.   “That’s the only message you can take from the flood of more than 300,000 individual comments and group petitions submitted […]

ICYMI: More questions from Capitol Hill re: the FCC’s set-top box mandate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   May 23, 2016

Bipartisan members of Congress continue to raise questions and concerns about the FCC’s proposed set-top box mandate. As the midnight deadline for the public comment period on the FCC’s proposal approaches, three new letters from Congressional leaders asking tough questions about the proposed mandate were sent today to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler...

Myths & Realities in the Set-Top Box Debate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   May 18, 2016

In response to a Dear Colleague letter circulated today to Members of Congress by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) that repeated a number of misconceptions about the debate over the FCC’s set-top box proposal, the Future of TV issued the following statement along with a detailed Myths vs. Realities fact sheet to correct the record...

In Case You Missed It: 60 Members of Congress sign bipartisan letter opposing FCC mandate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   May 5, 2016

A bipartisan letter led by Reps. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Bob Latta (R-OH), and Collin Peterson (D-MN) and signed by 60 Members of Congress was sent today to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler opposing the proposed FCC set-top box mandate...

Future Of TV Coalition Responds To Chairman Wheeler’s Remarks Earlier Today On Set-Top Boxes

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   April 28, 2016

In a press conference following today’s FCC open meeting, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler suggested that Comcast’s recent announcement of its Xfinity TV Partner Program and partnerships with Roku and Samsung, which allow viewers to access their subscription TV service without any set-top box, was proof that his proposed set-top box mandate can be implemented without the many negative consequences critics have identified...

Wheeler vs. Wheeler on set top box alternatives

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   April 28, 2016

One of the key issues in the debate over the FCC's proposed set top box mandate is whether consumers have real choice for video devices. On one side, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has been arguing that consumers have no choice and are "locked" to boxes from their pay TV provider. On the other side . . . FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler argues that consumers have never had so many great alternatives and choices. Watch the debate...

“This Is a Wake-Up Call to the FCC” – As Public Comment Period Closes, a Broad, Bipartisan Coalition Stands United Against Google-Backed Set-Top Mandate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   April 25, 2016

As the initial comment period on the FCC’s proposed set-top box mandate closed on Friday, opposition to the Google-led proposal flooded in from all corners of the business community and ideological spectrum...

The Creative Community Sounds the Alarm about FCC Proposal

JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT   •   April 22, 2016

In public filings with the agency that will be submitted by the end of today, the American Federation of Musicians, the Copyright Alliance, CreativeFuture, Crossings TV, Directors Guild of America, IATSE, the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), SAG-AFTRA, SoundExchange, VMe TV, as well as individual creators, all raised concerns about the lack of guarantees for copyright holders in the current FCC proposal. Each urged FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler to consider the potentially harmful impact on content creators.

Creators of Color Warn New FCC Regs Could Undermine Diversity on TV

Press Release   •   April 21, 2016

Prominent entertainment industry personalities and executives joined released a detailed joint letter today joining the outpouring of opposition from the creative community to the set top box mandate being considered at the FCC.

Future of TV statement on Comcast’s partnership with Roku and Samsung

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   April 20, 2016

The Future of TV Coalition issued the following statement in response to Comcast’s announcement of partnerships with Roku and Samsung that will allow customers to watch their TV service without needing a leased set-top box. This reflects a growing industry trend embracing app-based, customer-owned alternatives to leased set-top boxes...

Tens of Thousands File at the FCC in Opposition to Set Top Box Mandate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   April 19, 2016

In an outpouring of consumer opposition to the FCC’s proposed set top box mandate, over 70,000 Americans residing in all fifty states and Washington, D.C., have signed a series of petitions filed at the FCC today arguing that the rules will hamper innovation, erode viewer privacy, set back program diversity and drive up consumer bills...

Future of TV Coalition reacts to White House statement on FCC set-top box mandate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   April 15, 2016

We all agree on the goal of greater consumer choice in video devices. But we disagree strenuously (as does so much of the television ecosystem) with Google’s viewpoint that the only way to get more choice and innovation is through a FCC technology mandate that will decimate the creative industry, rip up licensing protections, tear down the value of content, and strip away consumer privacy protections...

Future of TV Coalition reacts to Chairman Wheeler’s remarks at House E&C Committee

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   March 22, 2016

After arguing for nearly two months that a sweeping new FCC mandate is necessary to create competition in the marketplace for video navigation devices, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made the following statement today at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee...

Future of TV Coalition reacts to Chairman Wheeler’s remarks at House Appropriations Committee Hearing

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   March 15, 2016

The Future of TV Coalition issued the following statement following FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s appearance today at the House Appropriations Committee’s FCC budget hearing before the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee...

Public Knowledge contradicts Chairman Wheeler’s “no box” promise

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   February 25, 2016

In an interview published today by Tech Hive, one of the leading advocates for the Chairman’s AllVid redux plan, Public Knowledge, flatly contradicted this "no box" promise and admitted the rule will require an AllVid style device...

18 Independent Content Creators Join Chorus of Programmers in Opposing AllVid

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   February 18, 2016

Opposition to the FCC’s AllVid proposal continues to grow as 17 independent programmers and content creators yesterday sent a letter to Congressional committee leaders voicing strong opposition to the proposed set-top box regulations considered at the FCC today...   [Read More]

“This Rule Does Not Make Sense” – Future of TV Reacts to FCC AllVid Vote

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   February 18, 2016

The Future of TV Coalition released the following statement in response to the FCC’s vote to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on set top box regulation...   [Read More]

Bipartisan Alarm Bells over AllVid Grow Louder: Congressional Letters with 62 Signatories Question the FCC’s Approach

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   February 17, 2016

The FCC’s AllVid-style proposal to regulate the video device market is facing rising bipartisan resistance in Congress. In a series of letters sent to the FCC in recent days, members of both parties voiced serious concerns about the proposal Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to introduce this week...   [Read More]

Opposition to FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Set-Top Box Plan Grows: 14 Latino Organizations Join the Future of TV Coalition

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   February 4, 2016

Fourteen leading Latino advocacy organizations, television networks, and content producers announced today that they have joined the Future of TV Coalition, voicing strong opposition to a proposal unveiled by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last week to radically rewrite the rules of the video marketplace [...]

Secret Google Field Trip To Demonstrate Technology the FCC Says Doesn’t Exist

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   January 29, 2016

(Washington, D.C.) Staffers in Congress received an unusual off-the-record email Thursday, inviting them to an invite-only meeting at Google’s DC office to “test drive” something called the “competitive video solution”. Amazingly, Google plans to demonstrate its new AllVid-style TV set top box, presumably in order to build support for the new rules being considered by […]

Future of TV Coalition responds to Chairman Wheeler’s set-top box proposal

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   January 28, 2016

"This is a solution in search of a problem. Consumers can already access pay-TV programming right alongside streaming content on an ever-expanding universe of consumer-owned devices, from smart TVs, game consoles and streaming devices to laptops, tablets, and smartphones. This app-driven innovation is already happening — and it doesn’t require a government mandate that would increase consumer costs, strip viewers of privacy protections, and let third party device makers ignore the terms of carriage agreements between programmers and distributors.   [Read More]

Myth and Reality: Examining the FCC’s “Fact Sheet”

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   January 27, 2016

The Future of TV Coalition released the following fact sheet in response to the set-top box proposal released by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.   [Read More]

Letter to the FCC from the Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council and 17 leading national and social justice organizations

MMTC and 17 Leading National and Social Justice Organizations   •   Letter to the FCC   •   February 15, 2016

The Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council (MMTC), in partnership with 17 leading national and social justice organizations (“Concerned Organizations”), urges the Commission to consider the unintended consequences of your recent set top box proposal on diverse and independent programmers.1 Our organizations share the Chairman’s goals of consumer choice and enhancing competition among video devices.2 However, we strongly believe that the Chairman’s proposal could potentially harm consumers and diverse and independent programmers if manufacturers of these devices are given permission to ignore content licensing and financial agreements, and downplay consumer protections.

Letter from Ovation TV to the FCC

Ovation TV   •   Letter to the FCC   •   February 15, 2016

Given the importance of developing and promoting arts education and quality partnerships with cultural institutions, Ovation TV strongly urges the Commission to reject the proposed new set-top regulations that are scheduled to be considered at the Commission's February 18, 2016 meeting.

Letter From ¡Hola! TV to the FCC

Ignacio Sanz de Acedo, CEO of ¡Hola! TV   •   Letter to the FCC   •   February 10, 2016

The current proposal being considered by the FCC would directly interfere with and jeopardize our ability to continue supporting the creative programming that our audiences increasingly demand. In addition, it seriously harms our ability to maintain and strengthen the relationship with our audience that we have worked so hard to cultivate and maintain. As we understand it, the FCC's proposal to unlock set-top boxes, would have unintended consequences. The proposal would allow some large Internet companies to unilaterally take our content without our approval, or compensation...   [Read More]

Letter from Fuse Media to the FCC

Michael Schwimmer, CEO of Fuse Media   •   Letter to the FCC   •   January 21, 2016

The Commission should note that any reduction in revenues from linear programming distribution resulting from the Google/TiVo Coalition's proposals would detract from, rather than enhance our ability to pursue alternative distribution models, such as "Over-the-Top" Internet video. Revenues lost on the linear side would undermine our ability to create compelling content attractive to so-called cord-cutters, cord-shavers, and cord-nevers who consumer video on the Internet. We reject the notion that our network simply could migrate to an "Over-the-top" distribution model. We rely on revenues from the Pay-TV market in order to create the content attractive to audiences on other platforms.   [Read More]

Letter from Leading Content Companies to the FCC

Leading Content Companies   •   Letter to the FCC   •   January 14, 2016

As amply demonstrated in the record of this and other proceedings, content companies have been leaders in making programming available over an expanded array of mobile and other Internet-connected devices, paying particular attention not just to the quality of the content but also to the quality of the viewing experience. As a result, innovation in video distribution has been rapidly expanding, and quality has been dramatically improving. In such an environment, the Coalition Proposal—which, among other things, would permit the abrogation by third parties of uniquely and carefully interrelated elements of licensing agreements (including channel position, channel line-ups, neighborhooding, branding, and disaggregation of content from metadata) not only is unnecessary to spur the scale of diverse offerings and competition that the Commission seeks, but also would undermine programmers’ incentives to develop and market creative content and innovative services for the benefit of consumers.   [Read More]

Letter from Members of the Congressional Black Caucus to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus   •   Letter to the FCC   •   December 1, 2015

For years, we have been promised a vision in which technology unleashes TV and delivers consumers more choice, better content and new services that revolutionize the video experience. We've heard complaints from consumers about why they need a set-top box to watch their favorite programming. And we've pressed TV providers and networks to produce and carry the kind of diverse programming that represents all of America and not just the privileged few. The good news is that it appears that we finally are on the cusp of this new unencumbered television frontier. How do we know? Just listen to leaders like Apple CEO Tim Cook who recently declared "The Future of TV is Apps." Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos echoed those sentiments when he said that in 10 years TV, "will be a series of apps that's closer to what you see on smart TV." And when you look at the marketplace, companies like Amazon, Apple, Google and Roku all sell video devices that provide TV programming via apps. The evidence is overwhelming.   [Read More]