Interactive Radar

Track severe weather in your location using our interactive radar: http://bit.ly/KFOX14Radar

Tech Talk Tuesday: Cutting the Cord

Updated: Tuesday, March 18 2014, 08:30 AM MDT
Tech Talk Tuesday: Cutting the Cord story image

By Lonnie Valencia

Television - The glowing entertainment hub of almost every living room here in the borderland.  For some, it’s the crowning jewel of the whole house- the high tech pearl we show off.  We brag about its size, we drool over every radiating pixels of clarity, and we can't get enough of the entertainment it brings into our homes.  All that wonderful programming television has displayed for us over the years is secretly hiding a brawl that is taking place behind the scenes.  In today’s Tech Talk, I’ll tell you who’s fighting, what they are fighting for, and why you’ll decide who wins.  Get ready because here comes the bell! Ding! Ding!



Television isn't going anywhere, but the companies providing you the programming are threatening to pull the plug.   Companies like Walt Disney Co. (DIS)’s ABC, 21st Century Fox Inc. (FOX), Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s NBCUniversal and CBS Corp. (CBS) are front and center in a coming U.S. Supreme Court hearing.  They're fighting to block a company called Aereo from selling live television programming over the internet. Now why is this a big deal? Two reasons!

One... Aereo is using little antennas to capture the broadcaster's (ABC, FOX, CBS) signals and resending it through the internet to their customers for profit. Normally when that happens you pay a retransmission fee.  Time Warner and Comcast cable companies pay a ton of money nation wide for that privilege, but Aereo has found a loophole of sorts. They say since they don’t rebroadcast it and their signal only goes to the individuals that subscribes, the fee doesn’t apply to them. So far two courts have agreed with them and they are very confident going into the hearing with the U.S. Supreme Court. If Aereo wins again then the  broadcasters ( ABC, FOX, CBS) will have a hard time keeping cable and satellite providers from using the same loophole to get out of paying their retransmission fees. This means broadcasters will loose millions of dollars just because of one company’s creative out of the box thinking.

Two... Some broadcasters have already threatened to pull the plug if things don't go their way. In other words, they would abandon the airways and charge for their network online. Other companies like Netflix have shown that their internet model can work and make money, so why can’t broadcasters do the same with their programming? This would stop Aereo from "stealing" their stuff for free and change the way we view programming forever. If that turns out to be the case, I guess I'll see my shows like Bones, The Following, and American Idol, streaming off my computer screen in the future.

So much fighting is going on to provide you (the consumer) with the signal to entertain you it makes my head spin. From millions of people cutting their own cord and switching to internet only services to the rise of companies like Hulu.  And now this court case all have television as we know it on the ropes of change.  Until the judges come out with a decision we will all just be stuck waiting. What do you think is the future of television? Would you like to see the change if broadcasters left for the internet?  Let me know in the comment section below.  As always we would love your feedback/suggestions for this or our next edition, so feel free to send your comments to our resident Tech Guy Lonnie Valencia.



Tech Talk Tuesday: Cutting the Cord
comments powered by Disqus

More El Paso Entertainment


Will Smith's 'Focus' tops box office with $19.1 million
NEW YORK (AP) - Will Smith's con-man caper "Focus" disrobed "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but the film's modest $19.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top coming to El Paso
The legendary ZZ Top is coming to El Paso. The longtime, iconic rockers will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, Live Nation officials announced Friday.
El Paso Downtown StreetFest: Rob Zombie, Halestorm, Weezer to headline
Rob Zombie, Halestorm and Weezer will be headlining this year's El Paso Downtown StreetFest on June 26-27, officials announced today.
Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies
Coming up: Katt Williams, Brad Paisley, Salt-N-Pepa
Katt Williams: The popular comedian will take his "Born Again ... Again Tour" to the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E.
Brew at the Zoo features craft beer, music and animal encounters
El Pasoans can sample craft brews while enjoying an evening at the El Paso Zoo on Saturday at the El Paso Zoological Society's Brew at the Zoo event. The inaugural fundraiser will include music from the Joe Barron Acoustic Duo, Mother of Pearl Vinyl DJs, Our Friend the Mountain and Fixed Idea. Sponsor L&F Distributors will feature 30 craft breweries, each offering a sampling of a variety of beers.
Dining out: Places to eat in El Paso
Central Amigos Restaurant: 2000 Montana, $$, 533-0155. Food and great specials. Ardovino's Pizza: 206 Cincinnati, $$, 532-9483, ardovinospizza.
Stay in tune: Marc-André Hamelin to perform
Grammy-nominated pianist to perform
Dave Acosta: Get your sunscreen and bottled water--Festival season is coming
The spring-summer festival season is quickly approaching. Lineups are being announced and people are anticipating hot weather and long music-filled days and nights for the many festivals that are a day's road trip or cheap flight away.
Restaurant review: Cantina Malolam features delicious dishes at a trendy location
Cantina Malolam has something for everyone. If your thing is sitting out on the patio drinking $2 Tecates and munching on quality, way-above-the-norm $2 street tacos, you can do that here. Cantina Malolam, located in the trendy TI:ME at Montecillo, a hip spot that is part of a cluster of nontraditional shops, serves traditional Mexican dishes with a modern sophistication.
Tiempo calendar: "Truth," "Get Reel series," "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged"
Feb. 27 "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged": The fast-paced, gag-a-second play deconstructs all 37 of Shakespeare's plays, and thee sonnets, into a two-hour show Feb.27-March 14 at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $10; $8 for seniors; $7 for students and military. 532-1317, elpasoplayhouse.com.
Stay Hungry: Phone app promotes El Paso brew spots
A new mobile phone application by a local developer is working to put a comprehensive list of pubs around the Sun City together.
Things to do in El Paso: Nightspot listings
Aceitunas Beer Garden: 5200 Doniphan. 845-2277; aceitunasbeergarden.com. The Bird Dogs, 9 p.m. Saturday.
Movie capsules: "A La Mala," "Focus," "The Lazarus Effect"
Compiled from El Paso Times staff and wire reports. Listings are subject to change.
Stay in focus: Kick off St. Paddy's with 'Little People'
Kick off St. Paddy's with 'Little People'

Come back often for updates of TV listings and El Paso area and Las Cruces entertainment stories. KFOX14 covers entertainment, programming and other entertainment related subjects. KFOX14 is dedicated to providing the best, timely and up to date entertainment news for El Paso and Las Cruces.

KFOX14 El Paso - Live Cast Watch live broadcasts of KFOX14 News seven days a week!
KFOX14 El Paso - Live Cast Like KFOX Scoop on Facebook!
advertisement
advertisement