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[ NNSquad ] Flexview
I just noticed Verizon FiOS had a message about Flexview Check out http://www.myverizon.com/AboutFlexview This is very interesting - it's as if Verizon is making their whole VoD catalog available for Netflix type viewing. This is another step in the rapid evolution moving content from being tethered to the cable to going over IP. In fact Verizon VoD is already over IP but has been confined to their paths. Like "radio" meaning a business model, "cable" is becoming a business model not a physical medium. We have to be aware of this distinctions if we are to have an informed discussion of the issues. What happens when the cable is not used in broadcast mode anymore? How do FCC rules apply when "broadband" is just an IP medium without any content specific to the cable? What happens to must carry rules? What happens to the business models of Comcast, Verizon et al when they can offer content over any IP path and, in fact, do better using others' paths because they don't bear the cost of the infrastructure nor are they limited by having to lay fiber or coax? They could institute caps but that set a precedent that harms them as much, if not more, than their competitors. I don't know how fast this will play out but I'll stay tuned to watch the show already in progress.