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  • Dear Hulu: You're Doing It Wrong

    May 4, 2012

    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).

    I was feeling pretty proud of myself.

    Then streaming television started.

  • We Must Protect Our Right to Record

    May 3, 2012

    Today is World Press Freedom Day — but it sure doesn’t feel like it here in the U.S.

  • All Voters Deserve Access to the Information Hiding in Political Files

    May 2, 2012

    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. 

  • How Will Murdoch's U.K. Implosion Be Felt in the U.S.?

    May 2, 2012

    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 generation.

  • No More Hulu for You

    May 1, 2012

    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.

  • A Victory for AT&T's Shareholders

    April 27, 2012

    There’s a new and important voice in the ongoing fight for Net Neutrality: the voice of the shareholder.

    You read that right.

    On Friday, in an unprecedented move, AT&T shareholders voted on a proposal calling on the telecom behemoth to publicly commit to Net Neutrality on its wireless networks.

  • Ben Franklin Is Rolling in His Grave

    April 27, 2012

    Yesterday the House rushed through a vote on CISPA — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.

    CISPA 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.

  • Political Files? Meet the Internet

    April 27, 2012

    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.

  • Who Owns What

    April 26, 2012

    Did you know that Viacom owns 160 cable channels that reach more than 600 million people worldwide?

    Or that the Hearst Corporation owns 31 television stations and 20 U.S. magazines?

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    April 25, 2012

    There’s good news and bad news in the world of public media funding.

    First, the good news.

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