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Hollywood Raises Red Flag Over FCC's Plan for TV Set-Top Boxes

  • Studios see potential for piracy, copyright violations
  • Policy shift would make it easier for black market operators

Hollywood is raising concerns about a U.S. government proposal that would make it easier for pay-TV customers to buy their own set-top boxes, saying it would facilitate piracy.

The Federal Communications Commission voted in February to begin drafting rules that will open cable and satellite providers’ devices to competition. That would be great news for tech companies devising new ways to deliver entertainment to your living room -- and spell trouble for cable companies, which get billions of dollars from renting out the boxes that connect to TVs.