FCC Record, Volume 25, No. 5, Pages 3497 to 4389, April 5 - April 23, 2010 Page: 4,275
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Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
In the Matter of )
Video Device Competition ) MB Docket No. 10-91
Implementation of Section 304 of the )
Telecommunications Act of 1996 )
Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices ) CS Docket No. 97-80
Compatibility Between Cable Systems and ) PP Docket No. 00-67
Consumer Electronics Equipment )
NOTICE OF INQUIRY
Adopted: April 21, 2010 Released: April 21, 2010
Comment Date: 160 days after date of publication in the Federal Register)
Reply Comment Date: (90 days after date of publication in the Federal Registerl
By the Commission: Chairman Genachowski and Commissioners Copps, McDowell, Clyburn and Baker
issuing separate statements.
1. In this Notice of Inquiry, the Commission seeks comment on specific steps we can take to
unleash competition in the retail market for smart, set-top video devices ("smart video devices") that are
compatible with all multichannel video programming distributor ("MVPD") services. Our goal in this
proceeding is to better effectuate the intent of Congress as set forth in Section 629 of the Communications
Act of 1934, as amended.' In particular, we wish to explore the potential for allowing any electronics
manufacturer to offer smart video devices at retail that can be used with the services of any MVPD and
without the need to coordinate or negotiate with MVPDs.2 We believe that this could foster a competitive
retail market in smart video devices to spur investment and innovation, increase consumer choice, allow
unfettered innovation in MVPD delivery platforms, and encourage wider broadband use and adoption.
2. More specifically, we introduce the concept of an adapter that could act either as a small "set-
back" device for connection to a single smart video device or as a gateway allowing all consumer
electronics devices in the home to access multichannel video programming services. Unlike the existing
cable-centric CableCARD technology, this adapter could make possible the development and marketing
of smart video devices that attach to any MVPD service anywhere in the United States, which could
greatly enhance the incentives for manufacturers to enter the retail market. As conceived, the adapter
'47 U.S.C. 549(c).
2 The term "smart video device" refers to a product that is capable of navigating the universe of video content
available to a viewer. Traditionally, these devices have been cable or satellite set-top boxes, but have expanded to
include video game systems, digital video recorders, and home theater personal computers, and which, with the
AIVid adapter could additionally provide access to over-the-top services like internet video.
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