À la carte TV

Apparently the FCC have taken a closer look at the figures they were offered to prove that à la carte programming would increase prices. Turns out the figures were flawed, and prices would actually drop according to the FCC’s own analysis. Predictably, the media giants are howling with dire warnings of even bigger price hikes, mass censorship, outbreaks of bird flu, and anything else they can think of. I’m getting tired of seeing the same old crappy arguments wheeled out time and time again, so I’ve put together a page on à la carte TV myths, based on thoughts I originally wrote up in a letter to the FCC.

House stuff

Time Warner turned up yesterday and hooked up the Internet. We now have a nice, reliable high-speed connection again. There seems to be nobody in WiFi range who has a wireless access point; either that or they’re not broadcasting SSIDs. Reception is fabulous throughout the house. The modem and router are in the office, and I have the music server up and running again. It turned out that Time Warner have some kind of lock on their back-end systems to restrict the allowed set of MAC addresses for cable modems.

Router madness

My router decided to crap out. It’s an SMC. It was over $200 when I bought it, back in the mists of time, but a few years later you can pick them up for $30. Mine suddenly decided that it would be a good idea to lock up (a) every time there was an incoming SSH connection, and (b) any time I attempted to log in to change its settings or reboot it.

Comcast cable TV lineup for Cambridge Massachusetts

2 <td> Corporation for Public Broadcasting </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 3 </td> <td> Comcast </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 4 </td> <td> Viacom </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 5 </td> <td> Disney </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 6 </td> <td> Comcast & Hearst Corporation </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 7 </td> <td> General Electric </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 8 </td> <td> Public Access </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 9 </td> <td> Public Access </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 10 </td> <td> Public Access </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 11 </td> <td> Corporation for Public Broadcasting </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 12 </td> <td> AOL Time Warner </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 13 </td> <td> News Corporation </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 14 </td> <td> Viacom </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 15 </td> <td> General Electric </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 16 </td> <td> Corporation for Public Broadcasting </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 17 </td> <td> Univision Communications </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 18 </td> <td> Independent WNDS </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 19 </td> <td> General Electric </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 20 </td> <td> Independent WMFP </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 21 </td> <td> Univision Communications </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 22 </td> <td> Public Access </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 23 </td> <td> Independent WYDN </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 24 </td> <td> Disney </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 25 </td> <td> Viacom </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 26 </td> <td> Disney </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 27 </td> <td> Discovery Communications </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 28 </td> <td> Viacom </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 29 </td> <td> Viacom </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 30 </td> <td> News Corporation </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 31 </td> <td> AOL Time Warner </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 32 </td> <td> E.