FCC Digs Into How Restrictive Cable Contracts are Preventing Streaming TV Options

Blog, Deals, Technology, TV/Film

If you’re wondering why most TV channels haven’t branched out with new online streaming services, you’re not alone.

The Federal Communications Commission is now examining how contracts with cable companies can prevent TV networks from launching Internet channels, the Wall Street Journal reports. The story, which cites media firms and unnamed “industry insiders,” reaffirms the idea that TV networks would face repercussions if they offered their services outside of a pay TV bundle.

Source: TechHive

Why Time Warner Now Owns Three Streaming Services

Blog, Distribution, TV/Film

Time Warner’s latest salvo in the battle against cord-cutters: buying a streaming service specializing in Korean soap operas.

Warner Bros.’ Feb. 23 deal to acquire the streamer DramaFever might seem a bit unorthodox because it provides primarily English-language audiences access to international programming. But the real play is for the New York-based company’s technology and its ambitions to operate a slate of streaming channels.

It already powers horror-themed Shudder, which former DramaFever investor AMC launched in the summer, and the documen­tary streaming service SundanceNow Doc Club.

Source: Hollywood Reporter