Television has evolved from three national networks airing scheduled programming, to 500-channel cable/satellite platforms, to Internet delivery of “unlimited channels” of video content. But it’s the rapid development of the Internet and dissemination of on-line video content that is ushering in the most significant change. And, with such change come numerous legal and practical challenges for traditional video content providers and distributors alike.
In this lecture, Mr. Callard reviews the early history of the cable television industry – how it started, how it grew and the legal issues encountered along the way. He answers the following questions: What is cable television? What is a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD)? What is video programming? And what do these terms mean under federal law and FCC regulations? Mr. Callard iscusses recent cases and how they apply to the developing on-line video distribution business. He will describe how they impact his work as a distribution lawyer, to highlight some of the legal/regulatory and practical issues facing both traditional content providers and distributors.