Items tagged "Set-Top Boxes"

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Help #UnlocktheBox for New Ideas, More Competition, and Lower Prices

September 21, 2016 FCC , Set-Top Boxes , Unlock the Box , Video Marketplace

Tired of skyrocketing cable bills and paying for an old set-top box you don’t need? The FCC has a plan to help consumers save $231 dollars a year and bring more competition. 84 percent of consumers say cable prices are too high, and the FCC’s #UnlockTheBox plan offers them real relief.

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Rural Advocacy Organizations Tell FCC to Pass Set-Top Box Proposal

September 19, 2016 Set-Top Boxes , Unlock the Box , Video Marketplace

Today, eight rural advocacy organizations filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission in support of Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to open up the set-top box market for consumers. The letter emphasizes the importance of competition and choice from cable and satellite providers for rural communities, which often have limited access to to over-the-air broadcasters and broadband access.

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Let’s Complain About Cable: Hidden Fees and What You Can do About Them

August 2, 2018 Cable Pricing , Competition , Set-Top Boxes

In moving off my university’s campus, I experienced one of today’s newest and least revered rites of passage into adulthood: frustration with my cable provider. Aside from my appointment being rescheduled twice and the representative on the phone trying to convince me that bundling my services was a matter of life or death, I found there to be a surprise or two in my bill. Cable companies advertise a certain price, but then upon receiving their bill consumers learn of the staggering number of fees that are often tacked on.

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No Shortage of Ways to Bring TV Prices Down

July 30, 2018 Cable Pricing , Competition , Future of Video , Set-Top Boxes , Video Marketplace

This recent story (paywalled) about the financial challenges YouTube TV and other “virtual cable” providers face is a good illustration of some points we’ve been making at Public Knowledge for a while. As the story notes, “these streaming services have yet to figure out how to make money. In fact, the more people they sign up, the more money they lose. That’s because the services are paying more for programming than what they’re charging consumers.”

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If Cable Won’t #UnlockTheBox, Why Would ISPs #ProtectNetNeutrality?

August 7, 2017 FCC , Net Neutrality , Set-Top Boxes , Title II , Unlock the Box

The recent Internet Day of Action for net neutrality illustrates how intensely consumers feel about net neutrality protections, as more than 50,000 people, websites, and organizations demonstrated in favor of a free and open internet. Many Internet Service Providers claim that they, too, want net neutrality, but with one exception: they don’t want any rules that can be enforced against them. Asking giant internet providers like Comcast to behave is, quite frankly, implausible given their history of anti-competitive behavior.

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FCC Must Proceed: Don’t Let Congress Stop the Clock on Unlocking the Box

June 15, 2016 FCC , Legislation , Set-Top Boxes , Unlock the Box , Video Marketplace

As we speak, House and Senate Republicans on the Appropriations Committees are trying to attach a number of inappropriate legislative policy riders added on to important appropriations bills for 2017. One rider in particular takes direct aim at the Federal Communication Commission’s ongoing proceeding to “unlock the box.” That proceeding would unburden consumers of hundreds of dollars in annual rental fees for their cable boxes, open up the market for new choices as to how they access the content of their choosing, and lower barriers to entry for innovative technologists and for diverse and independent content creators.

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Zombies, Pirates, and Why the Latest Copyright Fray Over Set-Top Box Undermines Itself

April 13, 2016 Copyright , FCC , Set-Top Boxes , Unlock the Box , Video Marketplace

Did you hear the one about the new technology that was going to run amok, squashing creativity, gobbling up every copyrighted work in its path, and redistributing it for free to all of the masses until nothing remained but scorched earth and abandoned studios across Hollywood?

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FCC’s Video Device Rulemaking Is Excellent News For Consumers – But We’re Not Home Just Yet

February 23, 2016 FCC , Set-Top Boxes , STELAR , Unlock the Box , Video Marketplace

It’s no small secret that America loves a saga. And in the battle for real consumer video choice, we’re just getting started. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took a huge step towards loosening cable’s chokehold on consumers in the name of more choices and more innovation. It voted 3-2 in favor of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (an “NPRM,” to those in The Biz) for new digital cable box standards that would allow customers to access their programming subscriptions through devices other than those they currently lease directly from their cable company.

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Creating Consumer Choice in Set-Top Boxes

August 31, 2015 CableCARD , FCC , Future of Video , Set-Top Boxes

Imagine what the smartphone industry would look like if 99% of people used phones designed and sold by their carriers, instead of by companies like Samsung, Apple, and Motorola. You don’t need to imagine too hard, though, since we have a pretty good idea already: they’d be as hard to use, ugly, expensive and outdated as cable set-top boxes, a market where 99% of users rent devices provided by their cable operators.

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