Online video providers such as Aereo Inc. would be able to distribute TV programs like cable services, helping consumers circumvent large packages of channels, under a Federal Communications Commission proposal.
If approved, the proposal would let Internet-video services negotiate for the right to distribute cable programs and local television. Aereo Chief Executive Officer Chet Kanojia, who halted his startup’s service after losing a Supreme Court decision in June, called the action by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler “an important step.”
The proposed change, outlined yesterday in a blog post by Wheeler, would alter the definition of a multichannel video programming distributor, or MVPD, to include providers of online video. New rules wouldn’t be final until after a vote by the agency, controlled by Wheeler and fellow Democrats.
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