Follow the money. Determine how it benefits Google, NBC, GE, Soros, etc. and you’ll know why they are doing it.
Well it’s obviously a payback to his Hollywood buddies. Good think overreaching anti-First Amendment Bush isn’t running things.
I think the major league sports leagues are preparing for paid streaming video services over the internet. If I recall correctly, Major League Baseball already has a subscription service to watch any game live for a full season at quite a reasonable price. So I expect that’s where this is going and probably within two years you’ll be able to watch all NFL games with relatively low-quality video on your computer at a low cost on NFL.com. I think they’ll keep the video resolution at a low level so as not to compete directly with HD video on the networks and by subscription from DirecTV.
I think that’s what this is all about: protecting the future revenue of sports leagues from streaming video. But you have to wonder what’s next. As far as I know, sports bars have been picking up satellite broadcasts of major league sports for decades without paying a dime to anyone. Is DHS going to show up at your local sports bar and shut the place down for illegally using satellite dishes to pick up all the games on Sunday? This is starting to go too far. There are enough laws on the federal books to make everyone in America a law-breaker of some kind. DHS has to use sound judgement about which laws really need to be actively enforced.