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 4:38:59 PM
That isn't a cable, satellite, or FCC issue. That's a complaint you have with your landlord.
There's no reason the owner of your building couldn't have Dish and/or Direct installed on the roof and use the buildings existing networking to hook your loft's drops up to any number of providers. Hell, Dish or Direct might even be willing to pay for the install to gain the customers.
12/8/2012 6:30:57 PM
And this is where you failed to comprehend what I typed... I
Read that: OWN my loft, its considered a condo. Therefore
I do not have a landlord
. You cannot have a dish installed on the structure of a condo because as an condo owner you do not own anything from the drywall out. If you owned a condo in a (key words:) urban center you would know exactly what I am talking about, but you obviously do not. Most urban centers consist of buildings 4+ stories tall, with somewhere between 10-20 units per floor. As I said, you cannot have a dish installed onto something you do not own. Dish, directv etc will absolutely not, again
install onto a structure you do not own. Its against the law.
Now say under your misunderstood view, If perhaps I rented, I would have to get permission from the PROPERTY MANAGEMENT company to have a dish put in. In that scenario a landlord would act a liaison between the renter and the company that owns the building. But that basically does not happen, because I could just imagine what the roof of a building would look like with 300+ dishes on the roof. Seriously don't chime in on when you have no idea what you're talking about.
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