More tech requirements will stifle cable, NCTA tells FCC

Sony, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and the Consumer Electronics Association--among others--are taking an approach that is "rooted in a world long past" when they ask the FCC to adopt "technical standards that enable any device to present a unified interface," Neal Goldberg, vice president and general counsel of the NCTA said in a letter to the FCC.

The consumer electronics players have already made inroads into their relationships with service providers, ranging from connected TVs to tablets and PCs "and all of these approaches offer access to video content in a way that respects the complicated programming and distribution rights defining the retail offerings of all video providers," the letter stated.

Besides protecting the rights of service providers to technology that has been developed at their expense over the years, the FCC should also consider "the staggering innovation that has arisen in just the last year has emerged without any regulatory mandate," the letter concluded.

For more:
- see the NCTA's letter

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