[mythtv-users] UK Freeview’s final decade? A timeline of events

David Engel david at istwok.net
Fri Jan 12 23:10:56 UTC 2024

On Fri, Jan 12, 2024 at 10:56:14PM +0000, Gary Buhrmaster wrote:
> And now we are reaching another turning
> point.  Each content provider wants to control
> their own distribution platform (as that allows
> them both the opportunity to promote their
> own content, and the visibility into the
> consumption of their content which can be
> used to invest wisely, and to eliminate some
> distributor costs, and, of course, to maximize
> the monetization).  This, unfortunately,
> means the annoyance of different solutions
> for different sources of content (in theory
> everyone could work together to provide a
> common platform for insight and promotion,
> but the last time the various groups tried to
> agree on something like a common approach
> the only thing they agreed to was to disagree).

That battle was lost at the FCC (at least here in the US) several
years ago.  As I recall, content agnostic vendors like Google, Apple,
etc. were lobbying for a standardized DRM so their platforms could
search and play content from any of the content providers.  The
content providers wanted to control everything as you described above.
The providers won and some could argue the rest of us lost.

David Engel
david at istwok.net

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