FCC to Force all Cable TV Providers to Stream HD With "Open" Standard by 2014
December 6, 2012 5:39 PM
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Gov't agency tries to placate TiVo, who objected to the plan in 2010
U.S. Federal Communications Commission
-- upset that cable television providers (CTPs) did not allow
of HD video via secured connections like the
Digital Living Network Alliance
(DLNA) standard -- in 2010 decided to force the issue proposing an order to force CTPs to stream. The industry was less than enthusiastic and TiVo Inc. (
largest maker of video-recorder set-top boxes
, was particularly upset.
Commented TiVo, fearful that the new requirements would lead to CTPs locking it out, "If each cable operator deploys set-top boxes with its own understanding of an open industry standard, the result may be an outcome that is neither standard nor open."
The FCC listened and now it's
with a revised version of the plan, which makes it clear the CTPs can deploy their own "open" standards as they wish, but the standards must be well-documented and easy enough that PC and set-top box makers could implement them on the receiver side with no contact with the cable provider.
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The new set of rules, set to be made mandatory by June 2, 2014, also clarifies what capabilities are expected of the HD streams:
recordable high-definition video
closed captioning data
remote control command pass-through
DLNA Premium Video Profile, an HD-compliant version of the secure-streaming standard set to be ratified in 2013, was suggested as one possible option for cable companies.
A minor caveat is that small CTPs, with less than 400,000 customers, will get an additional 3 months to comply with the ruling (they will have to be compliant by Sept. 2, 2014).
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12/7/2012 12:15:41 PM
Cable encryption and locking down DVR recordings is the primary reason I "cut the cord." I like to be able to record shows, transfer them to a portable hard drive and watch them on the road. This can be done through a HTPC recording broadcast television but not from a satellite or cable company box. Congrats on costing yourselves a customer, the added $40 a month in my pocket is a nice bonus.
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