Items tagged "Unlock the Box"

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How Unlocking the Box Will Benefit Minority Programming

July 19, 2016 FCC , Unlock the Box

Imagine receiving a text from a friend on a landline phone, or take a selfie on an old disposable camera. It can be done, but you somehow feel like there should be a better technology for this. Luckily for consumers, technological innovation naturally enables solutions to consumer frustrations. Except in the case of Cable’s ancient set-top box.

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White House Takes a Stand Against Bill Riders Targeting the FCC

June 22, 2016 FCC , Legislation , Lifeline , Net Neutrality , Unlock the Box

Members of Congress adding unnecessary policy language or amendments, known as “riders,” to government appropriations bills is nothing new; it is a well-known tactic for getting controversial policies passed. Appropriations bills provide funding to government agencies, so they must be passed by Congress in order to keep everything moving. Some members of Congress use this as a loophole to try to sneak in language or amendments that will hurt existing policies and agencies.

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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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As the FCC Unlocks the Box, Privacy Remains a Top Priority

February 11, 2016 FCC , Privacy , Set-Top Box , Unlock the Box , Video Marketplace

The Federal Communication Commission’s proposal to “unlock the box” and enable people to access pay TV content on any device could save customers billions, by giving them easier access to cable and online video on smart, innovative devices.

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