Will cable-ready sets ever be ready?
By BroadCasting & Cable Staff -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/3/2000 8:00:00 PM
Here's a brief summary of some of the issues that have delayed the rollout of DTV sets:
Dispute: Equipment makers and retailers argue that Hollywood and cable programmers are trying to strip viewers of their home-taping rights.
Policy battle: CEA wants to prohibit copy-protection licenses that force manufacturers to strictly limit the number of times some programs can be copied and replayed.
Dispute: Equipment makers and broadcasters say the cable industry is dragging its feet on completing specifications necessary for retail interactive set-top boxes and DTV sets that connect directly to the cable line.
Policy battle: NAB and CEA want the FCC to spell out the specs so production can begin.
Dispute: Broadcasters and retailers say the "cable connect" and "cable interactive" monikers picked for DTV sets will confuse consumers.
Policy battle: NAB demands that all DTV sets be equipped with a fully interactive "firewire" connection.
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