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Comcast’s Roku and Samsung TV apps will free customers from cable boxes

Jared Newman | April 22, 2016
Comcast readies Roku and Samsung TV apps as it tries to prevent a truly open cable box market.

The other issue is about who shoulders the burden of developing these TV apps. Under the FCC’s proposal, all TV services would submit to one standard, so that device makers could integrate pay TV programming no matter who’s providing it. With Comcast’s plan, device makers would have to build a specific app for Xfinity programming, and they’d have to do the same for Time Warner Cable, Charter, Dish Network, and DirecTV if those providers followed suit. Comcast says development should be simple thanks to open web standards, but it’s still not the same as creating one system that works with everything.

In other words, the issue of delivering cable TV without excessive rental fees is far from resolved. But whether the FCC intervenes or not, at least things are moving in the right direction.


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