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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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PK In The Know Podcast: Chris Lewis on Unlocking the Box

March 7, 2016 FCC , Future of Video , Set-Top Boxes , Unlock the Box , Video Marketplace

PK In The Know Podcast: Chris Lewis on Unlocking the Box

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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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Comcast’s Latest Zero-Rating Plan Threatens Video Choice

November 20, 2015 Competition , FCC , Future of Video , Video Marketplace , Zero Rating

Zero-rating raises some pretty complicated issues both globally and domestically. For example, Public Knowledge has observed that T-Mobile’s “Binge On” program, which doesn’t count some video providers towards data usage caps, raises some competitive implications that should be carefully considered. Other zero-rating programs are more clearly anticompetitive. Comcast’s continued exemption of its own data traffic from metering fits into that category. Public Knowledge has had a complaint pending at the FCC since 2012 regarding Comcast’s zero-rating; this recent expansion of such behavior further illustrates the harms zero-rating can cause in some circumstances.

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