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Saturday April 16, 2016

President Backs FCC Plan To Break Open Cable Set-Top Market

The White House is standing with the FCC as it attempts to force cable and satellite TV providers to open their set-top box platforms to competition, which is something the pay-television lobby has fought fiercely for years.

"Instead of spending nearly $1,000 over four years to lease a set of behind-the-times boxes, American families will have options to own a device for much less money that will integrate everything they want آ— including their cable or satellite content, as well as online streaming apps آ— in one, easier-to-use gadget," Obama economic advisers Jason Furman and Jeffrey Zients wrote in a blog post Friday. The FCC, in a 3-2 vote in February, moved forward with a proposal to "open up" the set-top box market by establishing a technical platform that would let third-party manufacturers like Apple, Google, Roku or Amazon create their own set-tops capable of receiving cable or satellite TV programming.