FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed reclassifying some linear OTT video services providers as MVPDs to help boost them as a competitor for traditional cable, but OTT provider Amazon is advising the agency not to.
In meetings with Republican FCC Commissioners and their staffs earlier this month, Amazon execs and their counsel argued that the OTT marketplace is already “vibrant and growing” without the FCC stepping in.
Wheeler’s proposal is to require that linear OVDs be given access to cable-affiliated programming and local TV station broadcasts regardless of whether or not they have facilities based distribution platforms. Beyond that, it tees up lots of questions about how to apply that definition and the ramifications of doing so.
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