The Future of TV Coalition issued the following statement in response to Comcast’s announcement of partnerships with Roku and Samsung that will allow customers to watch their TV service without needing a leased set-top box. This reflects a growing industry trend embracing app-based, customer-owned alternatives to leased set-top boxes:
“If the FCC’s set-top box proceeding is truly just about freeing consumers from monthly box fees, today’s announcement underscores how absurd the arguments for government intervention are. Apps, not federal box mandates, are the fastest and most effective way to expand consumers’ options for video devices.
“Chairman Wheeler’s proposal would take years to develop and implement new, mandated technology standards. The marketplace is already racing to meet consumer demand far faster, with app-based solutions that won’t undermine consumer privacy, reduce programming diversity, or increase consumer costs.”
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