The Future of TV Coalition Myths & Realities in the Set-Top Box Debate

Myths & Realities in the Set-Top Box Debate

Future of TV Coalition   •   Press Release   •   May 18, 2016

In response to a Dear Colleague letter circulated today to Members of Congress by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) that repeated a number of misconceptions about the debate over the FCC’s set-top box proposal, the Future of TV issued the following statement along with a detailed Myths vs. Realities fact sheet to correct the record:  

“This debate isn’t about whether consumers should have alternatives to leased set-top boxes.  All sides agree they should, and this is already happening in the market today.  This debate is really about the best way to advance that innovation even further while respecting the copyright, licensing, diversity, and privacy characteristics of the TV ecosystem.  

“A vast and diverse coalition of music, film, and TV creators, networks and programmers, TV distributors, the labor and business communities, dozens of civil rights groups, a host of economists and policy experts, and more than 150 Members of Congress have raised concerns about the scope and impact of the Chairman’s proposed mandate.

“The market is already producing app-driven solutions that achieve the Commissions’ stated goals, from widely available apps on tablets and smartphones to boxless alternatives like Roku and smart TVs that integrate pay-TV and streaming video in unified search menus.  This vibrant and healthy market is giving consumers unprecedented options and choice, and we should not freeze this innovation in place with a backwards looking technology mandate that will do far more harm than good.”

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