Open Video Systems - (OVS, Open-video Operators, Open-video Providers. Associated with Overbuilder, Open-video Franchises) - Part of the 1996 Federal Communication Act's alternative method allowing teleco's to use their infrastructure to provide cable-like video service to subscribers.

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 - Among the changes is a wholesale revision of the FCC's rules and policies on local telephone companies' participation in video programming and delivery. The 1996 Act scraps the FCC's old video dialtone (VDT) rules, which limited telcos to common-carriage video service and generally excluded them from programming. Telcos are thus entitled to provide video programming and to do it through radio, common carriage, or a delivery medium called an Open Video System (OVS).