Cablevision Looks to Lock Up Basic Video Tier

Well, I can see this going over like a lead balloon*.  I truly hope the FCC steps up and tells them, "No way, no how; not now, not ever!"  What’s that other saying?  Give them an inch…

*Nevermind the Mythbusters episode which busted that saying.


Cablevision Systems Corp. wants the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to lift a rule that keeps it from encrypting its basic video tier. If the FCC does so, consumers who use digital TVs with embedded QAM tuners to receive basic channels "in the clear" today would be forced to rent or buy a set-top box capable of displaying the newly encrypted programming.