The FCC's role at CES
LAS VEGAS - FCC chairman Kevin Martin and commissioner Deborah Tate are walking the show floor and visiting with some of the major firms here. Some just showed off their latest hardware, but others have policy goals.
Hitachi and Intel separately asked for government intervention to establish an open market in video receivers so that a customer could use the box of their choice, whether they get their TV from cable, satelllite, fiber or some other channel. The idea: you could plug any video input - a dish on the roof or a wire from a telephone pole - into a universal terminal on the outside of your home and run whatever interface you like inside the home to watch and record TV.
That's historically been a massive sticking point in the industry: Earlier attempts - like CableCard, which didn't even affect satellite and fiber services - have done little to force open the market for these boxes.
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