“FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s set-top cable box proposal may not come to fruition, but it may result in a good compromise,” Adam Levy writes for The Motley Fool. “In June, AT&T submitted a proposal to the FCC providing a solution to the lack of consumer choice when it comes to the hardware cable subscribers use to watch TV.”
“It proposes an industry standard for an app that could run on third-party hardware like an Apple TV or Roku box,” Levy writes. “Pay-TV providers would retain control over the content delivery, but would allow customers to choose their own hardware instead of requiring them to rent a set-top box.”
“Renting set-top boxes to customers produces an average revenue stream of $231 per household every year,” Levy writes. “That’s exactly the type of problem the FCC is looking to solve by opening up hardware to third parties and allowing customers to own devices outright.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Let us use our own boxes! This is how Apple TV really gets to Input 1.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]