Cable lobby set-top offer: No DVR requirement, no more compromises

The cable industry’s primary lobby group has provided more details on its counter-proposal to the Federal Communications Commission’s set-top box plan, and there’s at least one thing cable TV customers won’t like.

A 33-page filing from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) responds to questions sent by the FCC. Among other things, the FCC asked whether the cable industry will pledge to make DVR (digital video recording), fast forwarding, and rewinding available on third-party devices, but the NCTA did not propose that cable companies meet this standard.

The NCTA said customers won’t have to pay extra for using third-party apps and boxes but left the door open for other methods of jacking up customers’ prices.

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