In response to the news that Comcast will allow access to the Internet streaming service, Netflix, via the cable company’s set top box and platform, the Consumer Video Choice Coalition, which has been leading efforts to bring competition to the set-top box market, released the following statement:
“Yay, Comcast customers can now watch Netflix! Now what’s wrong with unlocking the box and letting consumers watch the rest of the Internet as well? Comcast once again proves consumer advocates’ point; consumers are hungry for new Internet streaming content and don’t want a gatekeeper box or gatekeeper app telling them what they can and can’t watch.
“Blocking Internet streaming content is bad for consumers, content creators and innovation. It’s time for the FCC to unleash competition, and give consumers to power to watch, organize and discover the content they love on the device they choose.”