Rumor mill: Aereo-like platforms may be given program licensing rights by FCC

The FCC is reportedly set to redefine online video platforms like Aereo that stream linear TV content as MVPD operators, similar to cable and satellite companies.

As first reported by Multichannel News and Variety, the Federal Communications Commission's reclassification would mandate that program providers negotiate retransmission consent agreements with these online video companies.

The redefinition would not apply to subscription video-on-demand platforms like Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) or Hulu, but rather those that stream live linear content.

According to FCC sources, the "technology neutral" move is intended to broaden competition in the MVPD market

The move would reverse a 2010 FCC ruling against streaming service Sky Angel. That ruling mandated that a true MVPD operator had to have not only content, but infrastructure such as copper, fiber-optic cable or satellites in place.

For more:
- read this Multichannel News story
- read this Variety story

Related links:
Multiscreen provider Nimble TV expands to Chicago, draws scrutiny from pay-TV lawyers
Judge strikes down Aereo's 'emergency' attempt to resume service
CBS' Moonves: Aereo never tried to work with us

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