Thank you, you have successfully subscribed to our newsletter! Enjoy reading our tips and recommendations. So why is it that you can’t watch Empire, Utopia, or other top-ranked TV or cable shows live on the Internet? Don’t blame Netflix, it’s more likely that your cable TV or satellite provider has its thumb on the hose. To put it simply, big cable companies pay program producers a lot of money to redistribute their product. The value of that product is reduced if the producers make it available on the Internet. To prevent that, the cable companies insert clauses into their contracts that either prohibit distribution on the Internet or reduce the price they’re willing to pay for content that winds up on the Web.  The question of how much influence big cable companies have over distribution of shows on the Internet is being studied by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as it considers the merger of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable. The FCC recently invited several big media firms, including Disney and 21st Century Fox, to discuss the contract clauses that big cable companies use to restrict Internet streaming. No one is saying exactly...