DirecTV Says, 'Leave Our Box Out of It' [Multichannel News]
As the FCC explores a process to determine whether a technical solution can be developed to allow television set-tops to operate on any cable or satellite provider, America's cable companies have joined in that effort, pledging their support in developing a cross-platform set-top. But at least one satellite company has gone on the record to state their opposition to their set-tops being part of the solution.
In comments to the FCC filed on December 15th, DirecTV indicates their unwillingness to allow their set-tops to become part of a cross-platform solution for customers. DirecTV maintains that such a solution would not foster technical innovation.
Todd Spangler writes that if consumers could access any multi-channel video provider from a single box, it would likely prove to be a very popular technology. But, it's only fair if all companies participate in the process. If the FCC develops rules for this technology, they should apply equally and fairly to cable and satellite alike.