FCC wants OTT interface

It has been revealed that at an FCC meeting last week Chairman Julius Genachowski’s called for a new video interface to replace the CableCARD policy. Genachowski envisions “a small adapter on the customer’s premises that would present a standard interface to all consumer devices. The adapter could be connected to the customer’s TVs, computers, or other devices that can display multichannel video programming and Internet content.”

Genachowski likened the new device to a “shopping mall” offering a single window into pay TV and internet content, including items already bought or archived. The agency has released a Notice of Inquiry on the proposed video interface.

Such a common interface would benefit OTT services something the FCC believes will drive competition in the pay-TV market.

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