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The battle over your home entertainment equipment is heating up again and the time to make your voice heard is now. Hollywood wants the Federal Communications Commission to grant the studios permission to engage in so-called “Selectable Output Control,” or SOC for short. SOC is a technology mandate that would allow movie studios to shut off video outputs on the back of your cable box and DVR during the screening of certain movies over cable. Why is this bad? Because SOC could inhibit future innovation, obstruct interoperability, limit fair use and restrict consumer choice. Worst of all, it could force you to buy all new home entertainment gear in order to watch Hollywood films over cable. Want to learn more? Just watch these videos:
Who gets to decide which outputs you can use on your home entertainment gear—the movie studios or you? File a comment with the FCC and tell them to keep Hollywood’s technology mandates out of your living room.
Filing a comment is easy, just follow these steps:
Review the following suggested comments and make any changes you desire:
Once finished Select all the comment text by clicking IN the box and choosing "Select All" from your browser's "Edit" menu. Copy the selected text by choosing "Copy" from the your browser's "Edit" menu.
Once you've selected your comment text click on the following link, paste your comments into the comment section of the form from the FCC, fill in the remaining required fields, press Continue, and follow the instructions for reviewing your form.