"...They come not from the cable industry, but from Congress, which in 1996 passed the massive Telecommunications Act and charged the FCC with (among other things) creating a more competitive market for third-party set-top boxes (STBs). Specifically, section 304 of the law directed the Commission to:
"assure the commercial availability to consumers of multichannel video programming and other services offered over multichannel video programming systems, of converter boxes, interactive communications equipment, and other equipment used by consumers to access multichannel video programming and other services offered over multichannel video programming systems, from manufacturers, retailers, and other vendors not affiliated with any multichannel video programming distributor." [emphasis added]
The question was, how exactly would this competitive market be created? The FCC's answer (PDF) was to force the cable companies to separate the two key features of a STB: navigation and security. This meant that, in theory, any manufacturer's navigation system (which includes anything that tunes and displays a cable feed; think a traditional set-top box, but also a TiVo) could be used with any cable provider's security system and that peace, love, and plug-and-play interoperability would reign from sea to shining sea.
To give added impetus to the deployment of these new security devices, the FCC then banned cable companies from offering the traditional, "integrated" STB to customers at some date in the future (currently July 1, 2007, though it has shifted several times already)."
Kanskje noe for Trond Giske å vurdere opp mot Canal Digital og andre som for enhver pris vil binde oss opp til deres tunere og tjenester.
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09-14-2006, 12:23 #1
Hvorfor har vi ikke FCC i norge?
09-14-2006, 12:30 #2
"As part of the FCC's "Plug and Play" agreement cable companies are to provide customers that rent HD Set Top Boxes with a SetTop Box with "Functional" Firewire (IEEE 1394) upon request. None of the DBS providers have offered this feature on any of theirsupported Boxes as of July 2004 as they are not included in the FCC mandate.This content is protected by encryption known as 5C . This encryption can preventsomeone from recording content at all or simply limit the number of copies."