AllVid is an Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-led removable security initiative that's viewed as a possible successor to the CableCARD. The goal is to create an open retail market for network-agnostic video gateways and adapters that can link traditional cable, telco and satellite subscription TV services to Web-fed content, including video.
The idea was born out of the FCC's National Broadband Plan, and is being pushed on the belief that an open retail market for Internet-capable smart video devices would spur consumer broadband adoption.
As of Feb. 18, 2011, AllVid remained locked in the Notice of Inquiry phase. The FCC appears poised to introduce a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on it in the first half of 2011.
As of this writing, the FCC is hearing it from both sides of the lobby as pro-AllVid parties try to get the Commission to get moving with the ruling process, while the other side, led by cable MSOs and other traditional pay-TV service providers, would rather see the FCC kill it altogether, convinced that more government intervention in this area would slow innovation to a crawl.
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