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AT&T, Comcast Oppose U.S. Plan for More Set-Top Box Competition

  • FCC approach would chill innovation, companies say in filing
  • Agency looking to break cable’s hold on the set-top box
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AT&T Inc. and cable companies led by Comcast Corp. are fighting a U.S. proposal to set terms for licensing new devices that would compete with traditional set-top boxes and let consumers view pay-TV shows.

The approach would “have the effect of chilling innovation” in developing methods for consumers to access pay-TV programming, DirecTV owner AT&T and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, a trade group that includes Comcast, the biggest U.S. cable provider, said in a filing Tuesday to the Federal Communications Commission.