FCC Set-Top Box News


On Jan. 27, 2016, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a one-stop shopping approach to "choice and competition" in the set-top market that would unite all online and traditional video through a single box. He billed the plan as an attempt to "tear down anti-competitive barriers and pave the way for software, devices and other innovative solutions to compete with the set-top boxes that a majority of consumers must lease today."


His proposal set off a chain of reactions from industry and policymakers. Pay TV providers and programmers joined to form the Future of TV Coalition to battle what many view as an AllVid-like proposal, while others subscribe to Wheeler's stance that the plan is about opening set-top box standards rather than relying on proprietary ones. Turn here for Multichannel News coverage of all sides of the debate.