Here's Why You're Paying $200 to Rent a Clunky TV Set-Top Box

Todd Shields for Bloomberg:  Imagine watching TV without paying the cable company for the blinking set-top box, using a gadget of your choice that makes it easy to switch between cable channels, streaming programs and online shows.

The idea, simple in concept, is proving difficult in execution.

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is pushing a plan to force cable companies to give up their control over set-top boxes, "unlocking" the marketplace as he puts it.

But he’s drawn opposition from lawmakers in both parties, not to mention some of the most active corporate lobbyists in Washington. Comcast Corp. and the cable industry -- which stands to lose $20 billion a year in box rentals -- say it’s unnecessary and are fighting it. So are Hollywood studios, DirecTV owner AT&T Inc., and CBS Corp. Even a fellow commission Democrat said Wheeler’s plan set for a Sept. 29 vote is flawed.  Cont'd...

Digital Alert Systems Unveils EAS Industry's First e-Learning Tool to Help Broadcasters Prepare for September National Periodic Test

V3 Online Tutorial Expands DAS Customer Education With Online Training Program and NPT/Geocode New Application Note for Version 3.0 Software

Martin Audio MLA At Massive Ultra Music Festival in Hong Kong

The Martin Audio MLA was brought in to solve challenging noise pollution problems for Hong Kong's Ultra Music Festival in the city's new urban development area of West Kowloon Cultural District Nursery Park.

Wazee Digital Builds Content Portal for Viewers of the Acclaimed 'Charlie Rose' Program

Wazee Digital, a leading provider of cloud-based video management and licensing services, today announced the launch of a new viewer-facing content portal for the "Charlie Rose" television series, an interview show distributed nationally by PBS since 1993. The new site coincides with the show's 25th anniversary and is driven by Wazee Digital Core, the company's enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform built specifically for the cloud.

JAM™ Audio Gets a Voice

JAM Voice among first non-Amazon speakers to utilize Alexa Voice Service

IHSE USA to Demonstrate Network KVM Solution for Avid Pro Tools | S6 Audio Control Surface at AES 2016

Avid Integrates KVM Options Into Latest S6 Master Touch Module Based on IHSE KVM Network Protocol

SAY GOODBYE TO LCD AS XGIMI UNVEILS 4K 300" SCREENLESS HOME CINEMA

XGIMI unveils Indiegogo campaign to mass produce sub $1,000 3D smart projector with Harman/Kardon sound

D-Tools and TRXio Announce Integration

Developers of the award-winning software for system integrators and the only inventory management solution designed specifically for AV integrators announce API integration between their platforms, simplifying inventory management and improving operational efficiencies.

Adoption of Internet-connected entertainment devices increases 11% during one-year period

Consumer research shows 73% of U.S. broadband households have at least one entertainment device connected to the Internet

IOGEAR Ultra Long Range Wireless HDMI Solution Transmits Digital Signals Over Long Distances, Eliminates Expensive Cables

Innovative Solution Enables Transmission of High-Definition Video and Audio Over Extreme Distances up to 600 Feet, Eliminating the Cost, Complexity and Time Required to Run Physical Cables

Optoma Introduces Ultra Short Throw HD Projector for Gaming, Movies and Sports

Optoma GT5500 produces 100-inch image from just over one foot away for an incredible large screen viewing experience

Roku Announces All-New Streaming Player Line Up Starting at $29.99

'Roku Express' delivers 1080p HD streaming at blockbuster price; Three new players offering HD and 4K at 60 fps including the 'Roku Premiere,' 'Roku Premiere+' with HDR and the 'Roku Ultra' for the ultimate experience Comprehensive and unbiased search now finds entertainment across 100+ streaming channels

Revolabs Executive to Speak at Enterprise Connect Summit Series

Sessions Will Discuss the Successful Pathway for Creating the Best Skype for Business User Experience

An Apple Without the Stem is Still a Good Thing with SKAA Diz Wireless Lightning Audio Solutions

Diz-Based Solutions are Ideal for New iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Which are Shipping Without a Headphone Jack

CAD Audio Ships StageSelect™ IEM System

CAD Audio is shipping its versatile StageSelect IEM stereo wireless In Ear Monitor System that combines frequency agility, ease of use and unmatched audio quality to US and international markets.

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BDA-1 External DAC from Bryston - The Absolute Sound Golden Ear award winner

BDA-1 External DAC from Bryston - The Absolute Sound Golden Ear award winner

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