Originally Posted by tluxon
Any takers at trying to explain or clarify this?
I think there was a good discussion on this in the San Francisco local threed. A few months ago. Someone there seemed to be really up on this.
If you write the FCC, this is what you will get:
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2006 14:44:58 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CIMS00000198457 - Comcast blocking copy of OTA TV...isn't that illegal?
You are receiving this email in response to your inquiry to the FCC.
Thanks for contacting the FCC Consumer Center.
On September 10, 2003, the FCC adopted rules permitting TV sets to be built with
?plug and play? functionality for one-way digital cable services, which include
typical cable programming services and premium channels like HBO and Showtime.
FCC Rule Section 76.640, entitled, ?Support for Unidirectional Digital Cable
Products on Digital Cable Systems,? in subparagraph (a) notes that the
requirements apply to digital cable systems with one or more channels utilizing
QAM modulation for transporting programs and services from their head ends to
receiving devices. Cable systems that only pass through 8 VSB broadcast signals
shall not be considered digital cable systems.
Complaints alleging violations of FCC rules should be in writing briefly stating
facts and sent to:
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554