Wednesday, May 02, 2007

On-Demand, TV Subscription Tiers, and Outdated Censorship

There is a good story, over at NextBlitz, about how the move from subscription tiers to on-demand media consumption can invalidate our entire traditional model of censorship and nearly eliminate much of the reason the FCC exists.

It makes sense, and I've given it some thought before. We've always needed to regulate what was broadcast over the airwaves, despite the rights of free speech. Children and fragile people could be watching any channel. The same equations just don't pan out anymore and they continue to diminish in relevancy every day. For each family that acquires on-demand media services, there is one less family that has to wonder what might passively play on the screen when the kids are around.


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