Even if you haven't completely cut the cord on cable, I bet you've streamed some sort of entertainment to your computer, TV or gadget recently. Maybe you streamed a movie or TV show or even watched the last game of the World Series on MLB.TV last night. Pretty soon, you might be able to stream even more of your favorite content from networks right over the Internet. That's because the FCC is proposing a new rule that would allow Internet streaming companies to license content just like cable companies do.
The FCC proposed the new rule because more and more people want to get their content through the Internet, not traditional cable or satellite services. And, it's about time - I've been telling you about cutting the cord on those expensive packages for a while now. The new rule could make it easier to pick and choose which channels or shows you want without having to pay for the ones you don't.
“Consumers have long complained about how their cable service forces them to buy channels they never watch,” [FCC Chairman Tom] Wheeler wrote in an F.C.C. blog post. “The move of video onto the Internet can do something about that frustration – but first Internet video services need access to the programs.”
It's only a proposal right now, so it still has to go through FCC proceedings. But, if it passes, it could give streaming services the ability to compete with their cable rivals and bring you even more of the shows you want over the Web.