Posts Tagged ‘Set-top box’

BBC Paints a Pretty Canvas, but Will People Buy It?

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, International July 9th, 2010

LONDON, July 9, 2010 – Project Canvas, a bold attempt to make the Internet a major medium for TV distribution, is gathering steam in the United Kingdom, led by terrestrial broadcasters BBC and ITV, along with major telecommunication companies including the largest national carrier BT. The service, which will be launched under a new brand, possibly “YouView,” in early 2011, will allow U.K. consumers to watch broadcast programs including BBC channels as well as its iPlayer catch-up service, from their televisions via the Internet.

Set-Top-Box Revisited: How does the Gateway solution increase competition?

Broadband Plan Commentary, Expert Opinion, FCC, National Broadband Plan April 30th, 2010

The FCC seems determined in revisiting and repairing the current CableCard rules fiasco in which it chose to mandate a universal Set-Top-Box for Cable, Telco, and DBS providers. Where does a solution lie, and is the FCC going down another road of improbable acceptance?

How can Residential Gateways spur Competition?

Broadband Plan Commentary, Expert Opinion, FCC, National Broadband Plan April 2nd, 2010

In a proposed Network Gateway-NOI and CableCARD NPRM, the commission is seeking input on how to best rework the CableCARD rules to make Set-Top-Boxes more universal in nature and easier for consumers to connect and network throughout the home to any video provider offerings. The question remains; is the FCC suited to take on another attempt to create competition within the Set-Top-Box market? Or should it leave this to market forces?

National Broadband Plan: A Look at Chapter 4 and Privacy

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Privacy April 2nd, 2010

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2010 – Chapter Four of the plan focuses on broadband competition and innovation policy. It’s one of the most far-reaching sections in the entire document. It starts by addressing various mobile and fixed networks and moves on to discuss specific devices, privacy and identity theft. This third and final article summarizing Chapter 4 looks at the FCC’s take on set-top boxes, consumer privacy and digital taxation.

Set-Top-Box Quandary: Let Market Forces Rule

Expert Opinion, National Broadband Plan January 30th, 2010

The FCC has just issued a Public Notice: Comment Sought On Video Device Innovation NBP Public Notice # 27, to spur innovation within the set-top-box market currently being served by individual Cable & Telecom companies as monthly rentals to consumers. First, these providers have invested in their own versions of set tops which interface […]

Cable industry: at a Cross-Roads

Expert Opinion December 17th, 2009

Cable providers are looking at a cross-roads with the current climate brought on by a new political landscape, a Democratic Congress, with an FCC mandated to change the future of broadband, and a public viewed skepticism of the Cable Industry. This adds up to significant changes which might threaten the status-quo of annual rate […]

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