BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The Federal Communication Commission is working on a new plan that could probably help US citizens save more money. FCC’s proposal rules out set-top box limitations, allowing customers to choose what content to view and how they view it.
If the FCC’s plan works, then more Americans will be able to view internet content from the comfort of their own homes, using only their set-top boxes. Naturally, this should not be an issue, considering the fact that most modern Smart TVs are capable of displaying internet content without the need of a costly set-top box. While this method is cheap and quick, it lacks image quality.
Most of the major TV companies have included internet content in their offer. However, as an immovable law of nature, more content means a bigger bill. And according to a new report, it would seem that the TV companies earn a lot of money just by renting out set-top boxes.
In their proposal, the FCC also included a little statistic regarding how much revenue set-top boxes rental returns. Thus, it seems that each year, US citizens tend to spend no less than 20 billion dollars on set-top box rental. Making the math, we are looking at a fee of approximately 232 dollars per household.
This is somewhat disturbing, considering the fact that you could use this sum in order to buy yourself a smart TV, thus eliminating the need to view content using a costly set-top box. However, most of the TV companies out there boast out that only by using their set-top box can you view contents.
Basically, this is the same story with the debate regarding the ownership of an internet mode. We can recall the fact that when the idea of a world-wide-web first appeared before you were able to connect to the internet you must have signed a deal with the internet provider. Now, this thing alone is harmless until the IP makes you rent out their own modem.
The FCC’s proposal rules out set-top box limitations. If the bill passes, then we could very well witness a revolution in terms of accessing television content. Moreover, cable companies will not be able to shove expensive set-top boxes down our throats. And we all know for a fact that a lot of them are not good.
Taking a closer look at other reports, to our own amazement, we discover that the rental price of a set-top box has increased by 184 percent since 1994 while the price of personal computers has dropped by 90 percent.