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post #1 of 13 Old 10-14-2012, 07:51 PM - Thread Starter
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New FCC rules to allow Boxee and other set-top devices to receive basic cable channels via IP.

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As you might expect, the cable industry has been taking measures to protect its business by asking the FCC to allow encryption of basic cable -- something that has never been done and that many have rightly opposed. The FCC responded by releasing new rules on Friday and while cable operators will be able allowed to encrypt all their channels, it isn't without a few strings. The Boxee blog voiced its approval of those strings, which basically amounts to a requirement that when an operator encrypts, it also needs to make basic channels accessible via IP -- with or without some hardware in your home -- so that Boxee and others can still tune in. The other, less interesting stipulation, is that you might be entitled to at least one free set-top box or CableCARD for up to five years, depending on what package you subscribe to or if you are on Medicaid. The free hardware will only be for existing customers who apply within four months of when your provider rolls out the basic cable encryption. The real loser here are those few who actually use the Clear-QAM tuner in their TV, or perhaps those that use HTPC software that'll never get an update.



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I read about quarter of the FCC ruling. As much as I understand arguments, I still think they're not accounting correctly for the people that will be effected. A lot people I know, right now, are on limited basic. And it'll end up being another cost they can't afford.

I had to laugh when one company said it could result in lower rates. Cable companies are too much of natural monopoly for that to happen.

Lastly, F*** Y** FCC!!!!! Well, now I have a very good reason to hook up the antenna for the whole house.
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I think that a lot of people use Clear QAM, as this allows (on my provider at least) the ability to watch HD transmissions at full resolution. This provider's basic cable subscription requires te us of converter boxes which only allow SD viewing if I do not switch to using the Clear QAM tuner. If the Clear QAM is cut off then I likely will drop cable completely and go with OTA HDTV. I have been on the verge of doing that already, but there are a few basic cable channels that I enjoy watching. I wonder if the cable industry realizes how much they have annoyed their long-time user base with the ever increasing prices, ever increasing restrictions/inconveniences, and the proliferation of junk channels. Of course, there are viewers who enjoy some of the channels I consider junk :-)
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Sounds like another attempt to make everybody buy a "SmartTV" with IP connection, or some other internet-based gizmo.

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Interesting post.

2 things come to mind:

1 - What do they mean by "htpc" software"? Are they referring to XBMC and the likes?

2 - Love the part about being on Medicaid entitles you to a free set-top box or Cablecard for up to 5 years. What the heck does cable have to do with medical care?!?!? (Is it November 6 yet?!?!?)
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Interesting post.
Love the part about being on Medicaid entitles you to a free set-top box or Cablecard for up to 5 years. What the heck does cable have to do with medical care?!?!? (Is it November 6 yet?!?!?)
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I have a QAM box in my home theater for a couple of events like the Oscars or the Rose Parade. I wouldn't rent a box for just occasional use. I find the HD channels softer than BD. I live behind hills so OTA is not an option.
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What the heck does cable have to do with medical care?!?!?
Those on Medicaid are considered poor. Apparently FCC thinks those poor enough to be on it should have their rates partially subsidized by the non-poor.

Maybe behind the scenes the FCC thinks the minidish companies aren't big enough competition for cable, and cable encryption inconvenience would tip more people against staying with cable, and into pizza dishes, or even back to OTA, or into the younger fledgling IPTV business. tongue.gif

The way it is now, content providers create whatever they please, coerce cablecos into carriage through take-it-or-leave-it bundling, and cablecos make subscribers pay the added costs, on which taxes are charged, giving the gummints a piece of the inflation action without "raising taxes". It's also a way of nudging the left coast economy upward, reducing unemployment among actors, producers, etc., without regard to quality.

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Those wishing to read the actual FCC order, will find it here.
Self-Congratulatory statements by the FCC Chairman and two Commissioners can also be found here, here and here,

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Lastly, F*** Y** FCC!!!!! Well, now I have a very good reason to hook up the antenna for the whole house.

The FCC is working on OTA as well.

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sounds like trouble for my HDHomeRun box ?
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The FCC is working on OTA as well.
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To many people on fixed incomes for OTA to completely go away but then again when has our government ever really had concern for those people.
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