Comcast-Connected “Grassroots” Effort Claims Set-Top Box Competition Will Harm Diversity

A set-top box is nothing but a device that receives, decodes, and sometimes stores the TV feed from the pay-TV provider. Cable customers are still paying the same subscription every month to their cable company. The programmers are still receiving their agreed-upon carriage fees from the cable company. The networks and the cable company are still earning money from advertising. If anything, broadcasters should be hoping for competition in the set-top box market. If subscribers can spend slim down this costly part of their monthly cable bills, they might be less likely to cut the cord. – Chris Morran, Consumerist