recommended reading

Broadcasters Protest New Cloud-Based TV Recording Service

America’s most powerful broadcasters are trying to shut down an emerging TV recording service.  If their case is heard, the implications could be far reaching.

Late on Friday (Oct. 11) the major free-to-air broadcasters filed a petition in the Supreme Court against Aereo, a start up backed by media billionaire Barry Diller (a founder of the Fox and USA networks). Aereo uses tiny antennae to capture broadcast television signals, which it then stores in the cloud and sells to subscribers. For a relatively low monthly fee, users can access just about anything broadcast on the public airwaves via the Internet—which means they can watch broadcast TV without having a TV. The service is pitched at cord-cutters—the increasing number of Americans who are abandoning their expensive, all-you-can-eat cable subscriptions (at least for pay-TV access) and rebuilding their content menus “a la carte” using online streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

The broadcasters’ gripe is that Aereo pays them nothing to access the content it sells to its customers. By contrast, cable companies pay the broadcasters big bucks to carry their channels; the two are in frequent dispute over these retransmission or “retrans” fees, as the Time Warner-CBS blackout earlier this year attests. Higher retrans fees are one of the reasons why cable bills keep increasing, in turn fueling the cord-cutting phenomenon.

Read the full story at Quartz.

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Modernizing IT for Mission Success

    Surveying Federal and Defense Leaders on Priorities and Challenges at the Tactical Edge

  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

  • Effective Ransomware Response

    This whitepaper provides an overview and understanding of ransomware and how to successfully combat it.

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.