ABC Affils Remain Uneasy; Network Does Little to Erase Concerns Raised by iPod Pact, Television Week, Oct. 24, 2005, at 5. ABC claimed that Disney’s non-disclosure agreement with Apple prevented it from doing so. Andrew Wallenstein & T.K. Arnold, Disney-Apple Pact Upsets Affiliates, The Hollywood Reporter, Oct. 13, 2005. Likewise, ABC did not believe a prior agreement it reached with affiliates to limit the amount of programming it redistributed applied to iTunes. Michele Greppi, Affils Slighted by Big 3’s VOD Deals; Stations Want Info on How Revenues Will be Split, Television Week, Nov. 14, 2005, at 5.
99 Josef Adalian, Peacock Preening with iTunes Presence, Daily Variety, Jan. 3, 2006 at 1. Years earlier, ABC, CBS, and FOX had reached agreements with affiliates that gave affiliates additional advertising spots in network programming and/or other revenue-sharing opportunities in exchange for allowing the networks to redistribute a limited amount of network programming in-season and on a nationwide basis. In return, the affiliates helped defray the networks’ costs for sports rights. Michele Greppi, Affils: Exclusivity is Dead, Television Week, Apr. 17, 2006, at 1. As of 2006, NBC was the only one of the four major networks that did not have a written agreement with affiliates setting forth terms of redistribution of its network programming. Id. When these agreements first became prevalent in the 1990s, NBC was decreasing its reliance on professional sports programming. Michele Greppi, Affils Slighted by Big 3’s VOD Deals; Stations Want Info on How Revenues Will Be Split, Television Week, Nov. 14, 2005, at 5.
100 While broadcast stations negotiate for retransmission consent for MVPD carriage of their signals, including broadcast network programming, the networks, subject to contractual rights with content creators, negotiate with MVPDs for VOD rights. Comcast 2010 Form 10-K at 5.
101 Michael Schneider, Fox Expands Playing Field for Content, Daily Variety, Apr. 13, 2006. The amount grew from 60 percent of FOX’s prime time lineup the first year, to 80 percent the second year, to 100 percent the third year. Id. See also Michele Greppi, Sly Fox’s Win-Win Web Pact; New Media Deal Gives Net On-Demand Freedom, Affils a Cut; CBS Eyes Similar Scenario, Television Week, Apr. 17, 2006, at 1.
102 The agreement was limited and only allowed affiliates to share revenues with FOX from programming made available via MVPD VOD service or on OVD sites. Michele Greppi, Sly Fox’s Win-Win Web Pact; New Media Deal Gives Net On-Demand Freedom, Affils a Cut; CBS Eyes Similar Scenario, Television Week, Apr. 17, 2006, at 1. See also Allison Romano, Affiliates Fight for Slice of Platform Pie, Broadcasting & Cable, May 15, 2006, at 17.
103 Mass Media Notes, Comm. Daily, June 30, 2006.
105 Comcast Corp., Comcast and CBS Introduce Free On Demand Episodes of Primetime CBS Shows for Comcast Digital Cable Customers (press release), Sept. 14, 2006. The VOD offerings excluded local commercials, which are often more time-sensitive than network commercials. Michele Greppi, Affils Slighted by Big 3’s VOD Deals; Stations Want Info on How Revenues Will Be Split, Television Week, Nov. 14, 2005, at 5.
106 Chuck Salter, Brave New Mouse, Fast Company, June 1, 2007, at 79. See also Abbey Klaassen, Revved-Up Video, Advertising Age, Sept. 11, 2006, at S-1.
107 Chuck Salter, Brave New Mouse, Fast Company, June 1, 2007, at 79.
108 The Walt Disney Co., ABC and Affiliates Reach Unprecedented Arrangement to Expand (press release), Feb. 25, 2008.
109 Each affiliate had the opportunity to insert one locally sold, 30-second commercial spot within each half-hour of programming in DMAs where ABC programming was available via VOD. Id.
110 Verizon Communications Inc., Disney-ABC Television Group and VerizonFiOS TV Expand ABC’s Video-on-Demand Offering (press release), Oct. 28, 2008.
111 The affiliates owned about 30 percent of the joint venture. Seth Sutel, NBC Launches Online Video Venture, Hoping to Reclaim Viewers, Associated Press, Sept. 12, 2006. Third party participants included CBS’s College Sports Television and the Sundance Channel. At the time of the launch, NBC Universal Television Group executives stated that while the venture would initially distribute clips, it would be open to showing full-length episodes if demand existed. Michael Learmonth, NBC U Bows Online Service, Daily Variety, Sept. 13, 2006, at 6.
112 At the time, Hulu, still in the planning stages, had the working name “New Site.” Katy Bachman, NBCU to Affils.: NBBC to Shut Down, Fold Into New Site, Media week, July 5, 2007. See also Katy Bachman, Afils Wary of “New Site”: NBCU Says Alternative is Better Than Shuttered NBBC, Media Week, July 9, 2007, at 6.
113 The NBC affiliates reached an agreement with Comcast and NBC Universal on June 3, 2010 (the “NBC Affiliates Agreement”). A copy of the NBC Affiliates Agreement was submitted to the Commission on August 6, 2010, in the Comcast-NBC Universal transaction. See Letter from Michael H. Hammer, Counsel for Comcast and David H. Solomon, Counsel for NBC Universal, Inc., MB Docket No. 10-56, to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, FCC (Aug. 6, 2010). See NBC Affiliates Agreement at Section 9.
114 Julia M. Scott, WGA Strike: Act I Both Sides Settle in for Long Battle Over Revenue, Daily News (Los Angeles), Nov. 6, 2007, at A1. See also Sarah McBride & Rebecca Dana, Scenes from Next Week…?, Wall St. J., Nov. 1, 2007.
115 At the time the networks and studios began distributing content online, the guilds did not have a formal agreement in place that specifically covered these methods of distribution. Dave McNary & Ben Fritz, Download Drama: iPod Residual Battle Bubbles Up, Daily Variety, Feb. 27, 2006, at 1. Rather than wait to see how the distribution of content online developed, as they did for DVD home video sales in the 1980s, the unions wanted to work out advantageous terms early. Dave McNary & Ben Fritz, The Pod Thickens: Guilds Mull Dramatic Move on Residuals, Daily Variety, Feb. 27, 2006, at 5.
116 David Carr, Who Won the Writers Strike?, N.Y. Times, Feb. 12, 2008, at 1. The WGA agreement was modeled after an agreement between studios and the Directors Guild of America (“DGA”). Claudia Eller & Richard Verrier, Hollywood Writers Strike Ends, L.A. Times, Feb. 13, 2008.
117 Time Warner 2010 Form 10-K at 24, 41; Lionsgate 2010 Form 10-K at 7; Viacom 2010 Form 10-K at 39.
118 Time Warner 2010 Form 10-K at 41.
119 Wade Holden, Home Video a Temporary Lag on Distributor Revenue, SNL Kagan, Sept 26, 2011. 2010 VOD figures differ from the chart due to the inclusion of international figures by a major distributor in SNL Kagan’s initial tally. Table 26 contains corrected figures provided by SNL Kagan to Media Bureau staff.
120 Time Warner Presentation Transcript at 4.
121 Such DVD retailers include Wal-Mart (owner of Vudu), Best Buy (owner of CinemaNow), and Target.
122 Julia Boorstin, Warner Brothers Starts to Collapse Movie Distribution Windows, CNBC.com, Sept. 30, 2009, http://www.cnbc.com/id/33091887/Warner_Brothers_Starts_to_Collapse_Movie_Distribution_Windows (visited Mar. 27, 2012).
123 Tuna N. Amobi, Industry Surveys: Movies & Entertainment, Standard & Poor’s, Mar. 18, 2010, at 16.
125 See Motion Picture Association of America, Petition for Expedited Special Relief; Petition for Waiver of the Commission’s Prohibition on the Use of Selectable Output Control, CSR-7947-Z , MB Docket No. 08-82, Memorandum Opinion and Order, 25 FCC Rcd 4799, ¶ 1 (MB 2010). This waiver of Section 76.1903 of the Commission’s rules allows MVPDs to disable certain audiovisual outputs on set-top boxes to ensure that copy protection is available for early-release movies. The waiver terminates for a particular movie 90 days after the first activation of the selected output control, or immediately upon the retail release of the film on any prerecorded media (including Blu-ray), whichever is sooner. In addition to MPAA member companies and their MVPD partners, any other similarly situated provider of first-run theatrical content may take advantage of this waiver by filing an Election to Participate with the Commission. Id. at 4805-06, 4808,¶¶ 13, 18.
126 Typically, VOD revenues are 10 percent of box office revenues. Deana Myers, Premium VOD Draws Healthy Results for ‘Margin Call’, SNL Kagan, Nov. 18, 2011. In the fall of 2011, Lionsgate distributed the movie Margin Call in theaters and VOD for the price of $6.99, theorizing that audiences in smaller markets might be less inclined or able to watch it in theaters, earning $5.1 million in theatrical revenues and more than $4 million in VOD revenues. Sarah Barry James, Lionsgate Exec Opens Up About New Windows, Summit Deal, SNL Kagan, Jan. 30, 2012. See also Pat Saperstein, ‘Margin Call’ Changes VOD Picture, Daily Variety, Dec. 18, 2011, http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118047677 (visited Mar. 6, 2012). Some industry executives consider the results of Lionsgate’s experiment with Margin Call to be a “game changer.” Id.
127 Pat Saperstein, ‘Margin Call’ Changes VOD Picture, Daily Variety, Dec. 18, 2011, http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118047677 (visited Mar. 6, 2012).
128 Deana Myers, Premium VOD Draws Healthy Results for Margin Call, SNL Kagan, Nov. 30, 2011. For example, Universal Studios halted its plan to make the movie Tower Heist available via VOD three weeks after its theater debut after resistance from theater owners. David Lieberman, Universal Halts ‘Tower Heist’ VOD Plan as Exhibitors Agree to Further Talks, Deadline, Oct. 12, 2011, http://www.deadline.com/2011/10/universal-halts-tower-heist-vod-plan/ (visited Mar. 6, 2012).
129 Pat Saperstein, “Margin Call” Changes VOD Picture, Daily Variety, Dec. 18, 2011, http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118047677 (visited Mar. 6, 2012).
130 CBS Corp., CBS and Comcast Sign Ten-Year Content Carriage Agreement (press release), Aug. 2, 2010.
131 Comcast Corp., The Walt Disney Company and Comcast Corporation Announce a Long-Term, Comprehensive Distribution Agreement that Advances the Successful Multichannel Business Model (press release), Jan. 4, 2012.
133 See CBS Corp., Showtime — Apps, http://www.sho.com/sho/apps (visited Mar. 27, 2012); Time Warner Inc., What is HBO Go, http://www.hbogo.com/#whatis/ (visited Mar. 27, 2012). See also, e.g.,Comcast 6/8/11 Comments at 12-14; Bright House Networks, HBO and Cinemax Now Available “On the Go” to Bright House Networks Customers (press release), Jan. 10, 2012.
134 Discovery Presentation Transcript at 7. Discovery has indicated it may reconsider this decision at a later date.
135 Brian McNeill, Time Warner Cable Removes Programming from iPad App Following Cable Network Complaints, SNL Kagan, Mar. 31, 2011.
136 Andrew Wallenstein, ABC-WBTV Deal Rewrites Syndie, Digital Rules, Daily Variety, Nov. 14, 2011, http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118046062 (visited Mar. 26, 2012). While trade publications may refer to Warner Brothers Television Group as “WBTV,” Time Warner, Inc. uses the acronym “WBTVG.”
137 WBTVG Executive Vice President Craig Hunegs said that cable networks and broadcast stations have requested access to off-net syndicated programming earlier. Id.
138 Time Warner Inc., ABC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television Group Reach New Digital Distribution Agreement (press release), Nov. 14, 2011.
139 See infra, ¶¶ 393, 395. In 2004, the Commission adopted a requirement that cable operators provide an IEEE 1394 interface on all high definition set-top boxes as a means of enabling a market for devices which interact with the operator supplied set-top box. In 2010, the Commission relaxed this requirement to permit operators to provide the same functionality over IP. IP has overwhelming marketplace support and serves the same purpose that our IEEE 1394 connection requirement was intended to serve. SeeNavigation Devices Third Report and Order, 25 FCC Rcd 14677-79, ¶¶ 39-44.
140 See DIRECTV, DIRECTV: Whole Home DVR, http://www.DIRECTV.com/DTVAPP/content/technology/wholehome?footernavtype=-1&lpos=header (visited Nov. 10, 2011).
143 Letter from Michael Powell, NCTA President and CEO, to Julius Genachowski, Chairman, FCC, MB Docket 07-269 (July 7, 2011) at 4 (“Letter from Michael Powell”).
144 See Jessica E. Vascellaro, Comcast Test Tech Overhaul, May 26, 2011, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304066504576345330554958642.html (visited Mar. 6, 2012).
145 Mike Robuck, Time Warner Cable Sheds Light on Cloud-Based Guide, CED, Oct. 27, 2011, http://www.cedmagazine.com/blogs/2011/10/time-warner-cable-sheds-light-on-cloud-based-guide (visited Oct. 31, 2011).
146 Some MVPDs have announced or demonstrated products that integrate their video content with televisions from Samsung, LG, and Sony, gaming consoles from Sony and Microsoft, and smartphones and tablets running Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android platform. See Letter from Michael Powell at 2-7. See also AT&T 7/8/11 Reply at 4-5 (regarding compatibility with Microsoft’s X-Box 360).
147 See Letter from Robert S. Schwartz and Jeffrey L. Turner, Counsel, AllVid Tech Company Alliance et al., to Julius Genachowski, Chairman, FCC, MB Docket No. 10-91 (July 27, 2011) at 8. NCTA disputes the AllVid Tech Alliance’s assertion that contracts between MVPDs and device manufacturers “affiliate” the two parties. Letter from Neal M. Goldberg, Vice President and General Counsel, NCTA, to Sherrese Smith, Senior Counsel and Legal Advisor to the Chairman, FCC, MB Docket No. 10-91 (Aug. 10, 2011) at 3, n.8.
148 See 47 U.S.C. § 549 (“The Commission shall, in consultation with appropriate industry standard-setting organizations, adopt regulations to assure the commercial availability, to consumers of multichannel video programming and other services offered over multichannel video programming systems, of converter boxes, interactive communications equipment, and other equipment used by consumers to access multichannel video programming and other services offered over multichannel video programming systems, from manufacturers, retailers, and other vendors not affiliated with any multichannel video programming distributor.”).
149 47 U.S.C. § 549(a).
150 H.R. Rep. No. 104-204, at 112-3 (1995).
151 Implementation of Section 304 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996: Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices; Compatibility Between Cable Systems and Consumer Electronics Equipment, CS Docket No. 97-80, PP Docket No. 00-67, Second Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 18 FCC Rcd 20885 (2003).
152 “Conditional access” is the method that cable operators use to make sure that cable subscribers only receive the programming to which they subscribe.
153 See generally 47 C.F.R. §§ 76.640, 76.1204.
154 The Commission’s CableCARD rules standardized what was necessary to make retail devices compatible with cable system conditional access systems nationwide and to tune digital linear programming channels. The Commission deferred standardization of technology necessary for navigation devices to communicate upstream to the headend to request two-way services like video-on-demand, pay-per-view, or switched digital video, but some cable operators have negotiated with TiVo privately to provide on-demand services to retail TiVo set-top boxes. Harry McCracken, TiVo Gets Comcast’s Xfinity on Demand, Time, Apr. 9, 2012, http://techland.time.com/2012/04/09/tivo-gets-comasts-xfinity-on-demand/ (visited May 3, 2012); Letter from Natalie G. Roisman, Counsel to Cox Enterprises, Inc., to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, FCC, CS Docket No. 97-80 (filed Oct. 8, 2010).
155 Navigation Devices Third Report and Order, 25 FCC Rcd at 14660, ¶ 4.
156 The Commission directed certain cable operators to file reports with the Commission detailing CableCARD deployments. See Implementation of Section 304 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996: Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices, CS Docket No. 97-80, Second Report and Order,20 FCC Rcd 6794, 6814-15, ¶ 39 (2005) (“2005 Deferral Order”).
157 Effective July 1, 2007, cable operators were required to separate security in their leased devices and rely on the same conditional access mechanism that consumer electronics manufacturers use in their commercially available devices. 47 C.F.R. § 76.1204(a)(1). See Implementation of Section 304 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996: Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices, CS Docket No. 97-80, Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 18 FCC Rcd 7924, 7926 ¶ 4 (2003); 2005 Deferral Order, 20 FCC Rcd at 6802-03 ¶ 13.
158 See Letters from Neal M. Goldberg, Vice President and General Counsel, NCTA, to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, FCC, CS Docket No. 97-80 (filed June 29, 2006, June 25, 2007, June 23, 2008, June 26, 2009, June 23, 2011, June 30, 2011).
159 See, e.g., NCTA 5/20/09 Comments at 40.
160 Verizon 5/20/09 Comments at 29-31; DISH Network 6/20/09 Reply at 10-11.
161 Free Press 8/28/09 Reply at 6-9; Montgomery County, MD 5/20/09 Comments at 21-23.
162 Navigation Devices Third Report and Order, 25 FCC Rcd at 14662-14676, ¶¶ 8-38.
163 One such effort undertaken by industry is called Tru2way, previously called the Open Cable Applications Platform. While consumer electronics manufacturers have been reluctant to implement tru2way in retail devices, cable operators may continue to support Tru2way for their own internal purposes. See Todd Spangler, Comcast New Way on Tru2way, Multichannel News, June 14, 2010, http://www.multichannel.com/article/453729-Comcast_New_Way_on_Tru2way.php (visited Mar. 6, 2012).
164 Video Device Competition; Implementation of Section 304 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996: Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices; Compatibility between Cable Systems and Consumer Electronics Equipment, MB Docket No. 10-91, Notice of Inquiry, 25 FCC Rcd 4275, 4281-3, ¶¶ 17-23 (2010).
165Comcast 7/8/11 Reply at 4-5.
166 See Gartner, Inc., Gartner Says Apple Will Have a Free Run in Tablet Market Holiday Season as Competitors Continue to Lag (press release), Sept. 22, 2011.
167 SeeZach Epstein, NPD: One in Five Smartphones Sold in Q2 Was 4G Capable, HTCLeads Market, BGR Media, LLC, Oct. 14, 2011, http://www.bgr.com/2011/10/14/npd-one-in-five-smartphones-sold-in-q2-was-4g-capable-htc-leads-market/ (visited Mar. 8, 2012).
168 Letter from Michael Powell at 4.
169 Id. at 2.
170 See Verizon Wireless, Verizon Wireless Lifts Curtain on V CAST Mobile TV True Broadband Qualiy, the Best of TV (press release), Jan. 7, 2007.
171 See WinTV Aero-m product description, Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc., http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_aero-m.html (visited Mar. 2, 2012).
172 Universal Serial Bus (“USB”) is a set of connectivity specifications that allows easy, high-speed connections of peripherals to PCs that, once plugged in, configure automatically. USB is found in over ten billion PCs, consumer electronics, and mobile devices. See USB (Universal Serial Bus), http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/io/universal-serial-bus/universal-serial-bus.html (visited Mar. 8, 2012).
173 See Open Mobile Video Coalition, http://www.openmobilevideo.com/ (visited Mar. 6, 2012).
174 See Joseph Palenchar, Dyle’s Mobile DTV Service to Launch on Smartphone, TWICE, Jan. 4, 2012,http://www.twice.com/article/478473-Dyle_s_Mobile_DTV_Service_To_Launch_On_Smartphone.php (visited Mar. 2, 2012).
175 See Electronica, MetroPCS to Offer Phones with ATSC Mobile TV Tuners, MetroPCS will Launch Samsung Moble TV Phone, Jan. 4, 2012, http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/01/04/metropcs.will.launch.samsung.mobile.tv.phone/ (visited Mar. 9, 2012).
177 See ICO mim website, http://www.ico.com/mim/ (visited Mar. 8, 2012).
178 See SiriusXM Backseat TV, http://www.siriusxm.com/backseattv (visited Mar. 8, 2012).
1 The Commission issued three notices of inquiry in this proceeding. Annual Assessment of the Status of Competition in the Market for the Delivery of Video Programming, MB Docket No. 07-269, Notice of Inquiry, 24 FCC Rcd 750 (2009) (“Notice of Inquiry”); Annual Assessment of the Status of Competition in the Market for the Delivery of Video Programming, MB Docket No. 07-269, Supplemental Notice of Inquiry, 24 FCC Rcd 4402 (2009) (“Supplemental Notice of Inquiry”); and Annual Assessment of the Status of Competition in the Market for the Delivery of Video Programming, MB Docket No. 07-269, Further Notice of Inquiry, 26 FCC Rcd 14091 (2011) (“Further Notice”). In response to these notices, we received three sets of comments and reply comments. Comments for 2007 and 2008 were due on May 20, 2009 and reply comments were due on June 20, 2009. For 2009, comments were due on July 29, 2009; reply comments were due on August 28, 2009. Additional 2009 and new 2010 comments were due on June 8, 2011 and reply comments for those years were due on July 8, 2011. We refer to each submission by its due date and the acronym as listed in this Appendix.
2 Press Release, comScore, comScore Releases May 2012 U.S. Online Video Rankings (June 18, 2012), http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2012/6/comScore_Releases_May_2012_U.S._Online_Video_Rankings; Press Release, comScore, comScore Releases May 2011 U.S. Online Video Rankings (June 17, 2011), http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2011/6/comScore_Releases_May_2011_U.S._Online_Video_Rankings.
3 Press Release, comScore, comScore Releases May 2012 U.S. Online Video Rankings (June 18, 2012), http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2012/6/comScore_Releases_May_2012_U.S._Online_Video_Rankings; Press Release, comScore, comScore Releases May 2011 U.S. Online Video Rankings (June 17, 2011), http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2011/6/comScore_Releases_May_2011_U.S._Online_Video_Rankings.
4 Press Release, comScore, comScore Releases May 2012 U.S. Online Video Rankings (June 18, 2012), http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2012/6/comScore_Releases_May_2012_U.S._Online_Video_Rankings; Press Release, comScore, comScore Releases May 2010 U.S. Online Video Rankings (June 24, 2010), http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2010/6/comScore_Releases_May_2010_U.S._Online_Video_Rankings.
5 Over-the-top devices allow content to be sent to a device using a broadband connection. Over-the-top technologies include such products as Internet-enabled televisions, media tablets, gaming consoles, digital media adapters, and Blu-ray players and recorders. See Jordan Selburn, Over-the-Top Market Emerges from the Shadows, iSuppli, (Mar. 27, 2012), http://www.isuppli.com/Home-and-Consumer-Electronics/MarketWatch/Pages/Over-the-Top-Market-Emerges-from-the-Shadows.aspx.
8 Janko Roettgers, Netflix Just Became Cable’s Biggest TV Network, NewTeeVee, (Jul. 3, 2012, 10:43 AM), http://gigaom.com/video/netflix-june-one-billion-hours/.