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FCC Gives the Cable Industry What it Wants With New Set-Top Box Plan

2016.11.10 乐庭

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler on Thursday released the latest version of his proposal to open up the TV set-top box business in an attempt to encourage more competition, but it looks very different from his original plan.


The initial idea behind the proposal was that consumers would benefit from more innovation. But the main beneficiaries of his current plan appear to be the cable companies, since the new plan looks almost identical to their counter-proposals.


In January, the FCC chairman released a manifesto of sorts about the need to "Unlock the Box." Cable subscribers and pay-TV watchers had been paying exorbitant prices for set-top units for too long, he said—more than $20 billion a year in total.


Wheeler said he was releasing a proposal that would "tear down the barriers that currently prevent innovators from developing new ways for consumers to access and enjoy their favorite shows and movies on their terms."


The idea that the FCC chairman put forward as a "rule-making proposal," which the commission approved in February, was that alternative providers of set-top boxes such as Google and Apple would be able to access content from pay-TV providers and stream that through their devices.


Source : http://fortune.com/2016/09/08/fcc-caves-to-cable/