Broadband Rubicon Crossed? Cablevision, CBS Reach OTT Retrans Deal

Cablevision is boasting today of becoming the first cable or satellite provider to offer CBS’s OTT channel, CBS All Access, to its broadband subscribers.

The multiyear deal between the network and the MSO includes retransmission consent for CBS-owned stations and continued carriage by Cablevision of Showtime, CBS Sports Network and the Smithsonian Channel, in addition to CBS All Access.

“This comprehensive new agreement builds on our strong relationship with CBS and ensures that every Optimum customer gets the highly popular CBS content they want across multiple platforms and screens,” Cablevision EVP of programming Tom Montemagno said in a statement. “As the first distributor to agree to provide tony_sopranoCBS new Internet services, Cablevision continues to expand its portfolio of next-generation offerings, connecting customers to the programming they value when and where they want it.”

For those who have paid attention to Cablevision in recent months the CBS deal is no big surprise. The MSO has been drifting away from the traditional pay-TV model since it introduced its “Cord Cutter” package earlier this year that included broadband service and an over-the-air antenna for tuning in broadcast channels. It was also the first operator to offer Hulu to its broadband subscribers and was a launch partner for HBO Now. But the CBS deal represents the first time that Cablevision — or any other MVPD — has licensed an OTT service as part of a broadcast retransmission deal.

I’m not sure other cable ISPs would see that as something to boast about. Read More »

Court Denies Stay; Net neutrality rules to take effect Friday 

The new federal rules for net neutrality will be allowed to take effect on Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Thursday. The court denied a request for a stay that would have put the rules on hold until a broader court battle is settled. It ruled that it will expedite the underlying case.

Source: Net neutrality rules will take effect on Friday | TheHill

Net neutrality takes effect Friday; ISPs scramble to avoid complaints

The Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules take effect Friday this week, and they’ve already had a noticeable impact on the behavior of Internet service providers.

The latest news occurred today when AT&T and network operator Cogent announced a new interconnection agreement for exchanging Internet traffic. If AT&T Internet users were experiencing trouble reaching websites, this could resolve that problem for any Internet traffic traveling from Cogent to AT&T.

Source: Net neutrality takes effect Friday; ISPs scramble to avoid complaints | Ars Technica

Appropriations Bill Would Block Net Neutrality Rules 

At press time a D.C. federal appeals court had yet to rule on staying the FCC’s Title II reclassification of ISPs, but Congressional Republicans were trying to implement a legislative stay in a bill that would also cut the FCC’s budget substantially, force publication of FCC drafts and prevent any new net neutrality rules from leading to rate regulation.

Source: Appropriations Bill Would Block Net Neutrality Rules | Broadcasting & Cable