Wednesday, June 13, 2012

U.S. Probes Cable for Limits on Net Video

Catan, Thomas and Amy Schatz. "U.S. Probes Cable for Limits on Net Video." The Wall Street Journal, June 13, 2012.

From the article: "The Justice Department is conducting a wide-ranging antitrust investigation into whether cable companies are acting improperly to quash nascent competition from online video, according to people familiar with the matter.

Justice Department officials have spoken to several online video providers, including Netflix Inc, NFLX and Hulu LLC, those people said. Investigators have also questioned Comcast Corp., CMCSA, Time Warner Cable Inc. TWC  and other cable companies about issues such as setting data caps, limits to the amount of data a subscriber can download each month, these people said. …Cable companies provide both television channels and high-speed Internet access for many consumers in the U.S. With broadband Internet, consumers can watch individual programs or channels through online video services like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon, bypassing the cable company's traditional bundles of channels." Read more