TV is already moving toward a future that relies less on boxes and more on apps and cloud-based services. In some places, viewers can already access their entire subscription TV package over digital apps without needing a set-top box at all – a trend that will only accelerate. But the FCC’s set-top box mandate would reverse this trend, requiring TV subscribers to lease and install a new government-approved adapter box in order to watch TV on a new "AllVid-compatible" retail device. Even Public Knowledge, a Google-backed advocacy group leading the fight for this mandate, has admitted it
will require new hardware in customers’ homes.