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It's great to see the FCC issuing orders and moving its agenda forward. The National Broadband Plan called for the Commission to increase video device competition--that is, to create the conditions that allow for third-party devices to as easily interoperate with cable or satellite video as they can with Internet-delivered content. The Commission just took an important step in the right direction by issuing an order designed to fix some of the most egregious consumer issues that have made using CableCARD devices such a challenge. CableCARD is far from an ideal solution (for example, you can't use it with satellite), but with AllVid (the proposed successor) still on the drawing board, it's all we've got for the next few years.Read More
What exactly is the difference between a “standard” and a “tech mandate”? There was some confusion today at the House hearing on the FCC’s efforts to promote a more competitive market in home video devices. (Here’s Harold's written testimony from the hearing.)Read More
Today's Broadband Plan has great things to say on the topic of video device compatibility--the idea that consumers should be able to access the video content they pay for on any device. It recommends that the Commission pursue a "gateway" approach: a lightweight model that allows for compatibility between consumer devices and networks such as cable, satellite, or FiOS TV. Late last year, Public Knowledge and others filed a petition with the FCC asking that it follow this exact approach--a petition cited heavily by the Plan.Read More
Last week the MPAA sent another letter to the FCC trying to defend its Selectable Output Control (SOC) proposal and calling out Public Knowledge. We sent a formal reply to the FCC today. All of this means that what we are doing is working, but it also means that the MPAA is not giving up. Here’s Mr. X-Parté to recap the action so far, along with PK’s response:Read More