This is a love story about television. My love story about television.
I cut the cable cord a long time ago. The cost was too high and the majority of channels offered were, well, mediocre at best. I got by for years on my new favorite format: TV on DVD. I bought box sets and spent hours soaking up the plotlines from Six Feet Under and the West Wing. I became a series binger — that is, I would complete what took those poor regular cable subscribers years in the course of a few weeks (OK, sometimes it was a few days).
Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to
put television broadcasters’ public and political files online to make them
easier to access. This is a major victory.
But while all TV broadcasters will have to migrate the majority of their public records online this year, only stations in the top 50 media markets that are also affiliated with major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, Fox or NBC) are required to digitize their political files this election season. All other TV stations can delay posting until 2014.
These exemptions mean that not a single Spanish-language station will be required to put its political file online this election year.
A scathing report in Britain
that Rupert Murdoch and other News Corp. executives engaged in an extensive
cover-up of “rampant law breaking” may have ramifications for the media mogul in
the United States.
How far-reaching those consequences are depends on U.S. politicians’
willingness to face down one of the most powerful media figures of our
This is how we watch TV in the 21st century: We fire up our laptops, our Roku boxes or our mobile devices. We open Hulu. We search for Parks and Recreation. Done.
But Hulu’s owners — Disney, News Corp. and Comcast, which respectively own ABC, Fox and NBC — are about to ruin this experience. If they have their way, you’ll need a cable subscription to watch any TV show on the Internet.
the House rushed through a vote on CISPA — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and
supporters in the House were so rattled by mounting opposition to their creepy
bill — more than 1 million people told them to ditch it — that they passed the
legislation before our outcry could spread.
On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission ruled
that television stations must enter the 21st century and put the information in
their public and political files online. Now anyone with an Internet connection
will be able to access information about who is spending all that money on
political advertising. The files will also allow us to see how stations are serving
— or failing to serve — community needs.