INCOMPAS CEO Cites Cable Box Proposal 'Shortcomings'

Sees progress but has issues
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The Consumer Video Choice Coalition—Google, INCOMPAS and others—has some bones to pick with cable operators' "ditch the box" alternative to the FCC's "unlock the box" set-top proposal.

In a blog post, Chip Pickering, CEO of INCOMPAS, said the cable proposal is progress but still has a ways to go.

"The cable industry’s recent proposal makes some forward progress," he wrote, though he also saw some "key" shortcomings, arguing that:

• "It blocks future innovation. People don't want to go from a closed box to a closed app.

• "Takes a step backwards on functionality: Cable's proposal is only for streaming boxes, not DVRs...meaning consumers would still need multiple devices.

• "It lacks enforceability. Having been fooled before by cable promises, the FCC must take action to ensure competition, comply with the law."

FCC staffers have a bunch of questions for cable operators about the proposal as well.