Originally Posted by ivorygate
Is it Mediacom's (or any other cable co) right to send out licensed content from Disney, Viacom, TBS, Discovery, FOX, etc., unencrypted to our homes? Are you saying they have permission to do so, but just choose to encrypt regardless?
Given that ImOn leaves all of the HD versions of their package channels in the clear on QAM, I would imagine that MediaCom has permission but chooses to encrypt it, for whatever reason they came up with (which, as has been seen in their other dealings, can easily be attributed to greed, rather than incompetence).
Or ImOn is breaking their contracts with every single content provider.
However, considering that ImOn only provides it to their paying customers
, I don't see how it would be any sort of "licensed content" issue, any more than it's a "licensed content" issue for ImOn or MediaCom to charge introductory customers one rate, long-standing customers another rate, schools yet another rate, etc, and filter out or not filter out the analog-SD versions of those same exact channels.
So, I'd put my money on the former, not the latter.