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DBS Complains About FCC’s New Plug-And-Play Rules

By | September 11, 2003

      The limited political clout of the direct broadcast satellite (DBS) industry in Washington was evident Wednesday when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules for the manufacture of digital “plug and play” TV sets. Those rules, which are designed to enable future digital TV sets to be compatible with U.S. cable operating systems, were drafted without the input of the DBS industry. The new rules are meant to let consumers plug their cable connections directly into digital TV sets without needing set-top boxes. FCC officials explained that their action is aimed at easing the transition to digital TV by promoting competition, convenience and simplicity for consumers.

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