Recent FCC Vote Pushes Us Closer To the Merging of Live and Internet TV
(via The Verge)
Right now, you have to get the cable box of whatever cable company that you’re a subscriber of. Thus, it’s at the sole discretion of that cable company as to what curated, contractually-agreed-upon programming that they’ll offer.
This vote changes might just change all of that and could allow streaming services and cable TV to co-exist meaning watching Broad City and BoJack Horseman on the same box might soon be a reality.
This recent FCC vote in favor, three-to-two, of a proposal to break the stranglehold that cable TV companies have on the cable boxes that subscribers have to use might usher the future of TV a little sooner than anticipated. The proposal will allow third party companies to develop their own set top boxes with the ability to subscribe to various cable TV services.
If passed, any number of set top boxes that are meant for streaming TV that exists exclusively online could potentially be expanded to include live television and bring another drastic change to the already drastically changing landscape of television.
Still, the proposal has to go through a final vote and the decision’s effects would have to be seen, but it’s hard to see this as anything other than a good thing.
You might have the chance to press fewer buttons to switch fewer devices in order to watch the latest episodes of The Simpsons and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Soon, You Might Just Get to Watch BoJack Horseman, Transparent, Casual, Veep, Baskets, Bob’s Burgers, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and More All Through the Same Set Top Box
If FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal goes through, you won’t have to have different set ups for your streaming services and your cable subscriptions.
Wheeler is pushing for cable and satellite TV providers to no longer have a vise grip on those cable and satellite set top boxes so independent manufacturers can make set top boxes that allow you access to the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon alongside watching live television.
This was bound to happen at some point and we’re glad to see that there’s some initiative on Wheeler’s part to make watching TV from your TV and from the Internet equally accessible.
Like the headlines suggests, you’ll be able to watch all the award winning comedy from the reaches of HBO, FX, and The CW as well as those from Netflix and Amazon.
If you thought TV has been shaken up already, this move might be the biggest shake yet.
Net Neutrality Has Been Preserved in 3-2 Vote; You Can Keep Doing/Consuming Whatever Comedy You Want Online
It’s been a long wait to see what the word would be on whether Net Neutrality and prevention of Internet Service Providers charging different rates for differing types of Internet traffic would stand.
Today, the FCC voted 3-2 in favor of adopting Net Neutrality and reclassifying the Internet as a public utility.
So, that means you will be able to watch and listen as well as make whatever shows, podcasts, livestreams, specials, etc. online at no extra charge. John Oliver does a pretty bang up job of explaining it as well.
The fine print has yet to be released or explained, but keeping the likes of ISPs at bay as the victory here today.
Make sure you celebrate that freedom by, probably, continuing whatever bizarre sketch you were watching or meme that you’re currently posting everywhere.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Responds to John Oliver’s Net Neutrality Segment
John Oliver is definitely affecting change as the FCC’s Tom Wheeler had to address, in an official capacity, Oliver’s jokes about him during a segment on net neutrality on Last Week Tonight. In the segment, Oliver suggested that Wheeler is like a dingo in that you shouldn’t leave a dingo with your baby just like you shouldn’t leave Wheeler as the chairman of the FCC having be a former lobbyist for cable and wireless companies.
Wheeler felt it prudent during some sort of hearing that he should address the issue of his identity as a human or a dingo. Unlike Donald Rumsfield avoiding Louis C.K.’s lizard question, Wheeler earned himself another segment on Last Week Tonight with making an official statement.
Even at 12AM, Chris Hardwick Has To Know How To Navigate Censors
Comedy Central’s “@midnight w/Chris Hardwick” is on at midnight, which should be late enough to not censor most words/images.
Yet, those FCC rules still hold up for some reason as you’ll see Hardwick explain during a taping of “@midnight”.
Oh, you’re watching “@midnight” right? It’s back on four days a week on Comedy Central at the self-titled time.