3 Things To Know About The FCC's Set-Top Box Debate

By Margaret Harding McGill (January 26, 2016, 1:38 PM EST) -- Two camps of media industry heavyweights are squaring off on the future of how video content is distributed through set-top boxes, setting the stage for possible regulatory intervention this year.

The debate follows the efforts of a task force created to make recommendations for improving the competitive market for set-top boxes. The Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee, or DSTAC, split into two groups that made competing recommendations in a report in August. One approach is favored by cable and satellite companies, while the other proposal's backers include Google Inc., TiVo Inc. and consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge.

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