The cable industry's argument is that the market for smart video devices is moving forward rapidly on its own and doesn't need another expensive government mandate to spur it on. Cable also holds that more rules would only slow innovation down to a crawl.
In turn, cable's been trying to back up that claim by providing the FCC with evidence on how MSOs and the consumer electronics guys have been making great strides, the most recent being the plans of Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) to offer their video-on-demand products and to stream some live TV channels (in the case of Verizon) to the Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Xbox 360. (See Comcast, Verizon Connect With the Xbox 360.)
Comcast followed that up this week with a filing at the FCC that describes that relationship and sheds light on some other CE-related tidings. You can read it all here, but these the newsier highlights:
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable