The FCC has begun investigating the agreements between cable providers and cable networks in an effort to discover if said agreements create obstacles in putting content online. In particular, the government wants to know whether large companies like Charter and Comcast might discourage, or outright prohibit, providers from streaming their shows online. Much of the momentum of this investigation originates with Charter’s efforts to purchase Time Warner Cable, which, if approved, would create a cable behemoth nearly the size of Comcast.
“It absolutely makes sense that the FCC would be looking into this,” notes telecommunications industry analyst Jan Dawson. “There’s quite a bit of evidence out there that major content providers would like to do more to put their content online, but they’re being held back from doing so.”