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Integration BanPublic Policy

The Integration Ban: A 90% Penalty

@johnsolit

September 27, 2013

Yesterday, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) introduced bipartisan legislation to remove the FCC’s integration ban, while maintaining the FCC’s ability to regulate set-top boxes in the future. This is an important piece of legislation for the future of in-home technology and we’ve written about it before on Cable Tech Talk. What…

Integration BanPublic Policy

What You Need to Know About the Integration Ban

September 26, 2013

Right now, inside your cable set-top box is a CableCARD – a device about the size of a credit card that is inserted into the box and decrypts the content delivered to your home so that you can receive the channels you subscribe to. But the set-top box itself was originally designed to perform this exact same function without using a separate piece of costly equipment….

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The Integration Ban: A Rule Past its Prime

August 2, 2013

Right now, inside your cable set-top box is a CableCARD – a device about the size of a credit card that decrypts the content delivered to your home so that you can receive the channels you subscribe to. The strange thing is that the set-top box itself was designed to perform this exact same function. You have both a set-top box and CableCARD because of…

It's a Trap!

February 17, 2012

The FCC is considering a change in its rule on basic tier encryption, which currently requires cable systems to provide their basic service tier “in the clear.” There’s been quite a lot of public discussion of the issue this month and some of the elements can be confusing. We thought it would be helpful to…

Boxee to Consumers: More Service Calls for You

February 9, 2012

Boxee should be applauded for their creativity.  For years, they have proudly touted their service as the ultimate answer for consumers who want to “cut the cord” and cancel their cable or satellite service.  We disagree with their premise, but it’s a free country. But in recent weeks, Boxee seems to have changed its tune. …

Improving the CableCARD Regime

October 13, 2010

CableCARDs will again be a topic of discussion in D.C. this week as the FCC on Thursday is expected to approve some revisions to the CableCARD rules, smart-card like devices which facilitate the ability of retail  cable-ready “video navigation devices” to access cable services. We largely agreed with the proposals the Commission made in its…

CableCARDs on the FCC’s Agenda

September 24, 2010

The FCC has released its tentative agenda  for its next open meeting scheduled for October 14 (“FCC Tees Up CableCARD Fixes”).  Among the items to be addressed is a revision of the FCC’s CableCARD rules with respect to “video navigation devices” for cable services. The meeting is almost three weeks off, but it’s probably worth…