Federal regulators released new proposed rules Friday designed to make it easier for online video providers to get access to must-have channels, a change which ultimately could provide some relief for consumers tired of high cable bills.
The agency proposed broadening the current definition for what constitutes a pay-TV provider — in technical jargon, a “multichannel video programming distributor” — to also cover online video distributors.
The change would help companies like Dish Network, Verizon Communications, Sony and other companies hoping to launch a pay-TV service delivered over the Internet, instead of satellite or cable.
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