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ddrant

join:2010-03-02
Womelsdorf, PA
reply to andyross

Re: Say goodbye to ClearQAM

Not everyone wants a box on every TV (which I'm sure Comcast will charge for). Personally, I've got 1 full box, and one DTA on a non HD tv, but 3 other HDTV's are just hooked up to unencrypted basic locals.


markofmayhem
Why not now?
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join:2004-04-08
Pittsburgh, PA
kudos:5

The commission officially voted Oct. 13 to propose that change and put it out for comment. "We tentatively conclude that allowing cable operators to encrypt the basic service tier in all-digital systems will not substantially affect compatibility between cable service and consumer electronics equipment for most subscribers," the commission said. The FCC has already granted several waivers -- most prominently to Cablevision -- and more are in the hopper from cable operators.

The FCC conceded there was an issue with consumers with basic-only digital who accessed it without set-tops, or second or third sets without digital boxes that would now need new equipment to unscramble a signal. It proposed adopting the conditions it put on the waiver it gave Cablevision to encrypt its basic service in New York.

Those conditions include requiring cable operators to offer "current basic-only subscribers up to two set-top boxes or CableCARDs without charge for up to two years, (b) digital subscribers who have an additional television set currently receiving basic-only service one set-top box or CableCARD without charge for one year, and (c) current qualified low-income basic-only subscribers up to two set-top boxes or CableCARDs without charge for five years." But it also asked whether this was adequate of whether the Cablevision time frames are appropriate.

NAB is asleep on this, their website has nothing. The only "active voice needed now" campaign is in regards to property valued airwave spectrums.

No counter arguments listed:
»www.nab.org/

Current "contact Congress now for action" campaign:
»www.thefutureoftv.org/

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PaulGo

join:2005-01-29
Gaithersburg, MD
The cable companies really want this. This way they can control the service with sending someone to physically disconnect or connect the service. Just like in the Outer Limits TV show - they want full control!

Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL
reply to markofmayhem
well maybe they should add if they do encrypt then YOU MUST let people buy cable boxes (the same ones that you rent) with no outlet fees.


camper
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join:2010-03-21
Bethel, CT
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reply to ddrant
said by ddrant:

Not everyone wants a box on every TV (which I'm sure Comcast will charge for). Personally, I've got 1 full box, and one DTA on a non HD tv, but 3 other HDTV's are just hooked up to unencrypted basic locals.

 
I would change your first sentence to: Not everyone wants a power-wasting box on every TV (which I'm sure Comcast will charge for).


halfband
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join:2002-06-01
Huntsville, AL
reply to Joe12345678
said by Joe12345678:

well maybe they should add if they do encrypt then YOU MUST let people buy cable boxes (the same ones that you rent) with no outlet fees.

Unfortunately being able to buy a cable box or cable card is not going to do anything to reduce the rising rate of cable bills. The media content providers want to be paid per device stream. It is a business model that they see will make them fabulously wealthy (apparently they are not getting enough now.) Encryption allows control of the digital steam “per outlet”, so even if you buy a box you will be charged “per outlet.” This is the model the media providers want. Since the service providers like Comcast get to take a cut of the fees and blame the increases on the media moguls, Comcast has little reason to resist as long as there are not mass defections among the customer base. Thinking about cutting the cord, well the media guys have just strapped Netflix to the barrel and are about to start the process of “extracting more revenue” from them and amazon as well. You want to watch, you’re going to pay.
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PGHammer

join:2003-06-09
Accokeek, MD
reply to markofmayhem
NAB is not asleep on this - it's NAB (not NCTA) that is, in fact, *pushing* this.

It's the smaller multi-station owners (Sinclair, LIN, etc.) that are doing the majority of the push (the networks that also own/operate TV stations only jumped in when they saw how much these stations - mostly their own affiliates - were getting).

A major example are two major retransmission disputes with Sinclair Broadcasting (one of which involved D*) - in both cases, it was over retransmission fees (and how much the carrier was to compensate - Sinclair's words! - Sinclair for the retransmission).

It was precisely this that drove Comcast to do the NBCUNI deal with GE. It's not just Comcast accessing an additional stream of revenue (from other providers), but reducing their own costs.