Washington, DC — During his monthly meeting press conference today, Chairman Tom Wheeler took questions on the status of the set top box proceeding.
In response, the Consumer Video Choice Coalition released the following statement:
“It’s fair to describe the set top box conversations as a wild ride, but we are heartened to see Chairman Tom Wheeler still has his very steady hand on the wheel.
“Today, the Chairman made clear that those proclaiming a specific proposal was alive or dead were misguided, noting that all proceedings before the FCC contain the same degree of healthy back-and-forth.
“We applaud the Chairman for reinforcing the core goals of the unlock-the-box proceeding, stating his desire to enforce the law and help consumers who have no choice and are currently locked into a rigged system.
“The CVCC recently proposed a set of competition and innovation principles to help guide the debate, and looks forward to working with the FCC on solutions that will lower costs, provide greater access to independent creative content and unleash innovation.”
Also, in a breaking story in FierceCable, (Comcast: We’ll ditch set-tops, just not anytime soon), Comcast’s Matthew Strauss, Executive VP and GM of Video Services, indicated the cable company has no plans to end set top boxes anytime soon, saying: Comcast’s development of an app-based distribution system and its investment into advanced set-tops “is not mutually exclusive,” … “Limiting someone’s ability to only view television through apps amounts to a missed opportunity.”
In response to the comments from Comcast, the CVCC also released this statement:
“We find the comments today from Comcast curious. The cable company is currently deploying 40,000 set top boxes a day, calling into question their commitment to getting rid of the set top box altogether. But today’s admission that their own apps proposal is not an equivalent solution in either functionality or content should have consumers, Congress and the FCC raising a critical eyebrow.”