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.
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