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"Don’t Hand Our TVs Over to Google"

NYT Op-Ed Pages:

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission resolved to “unlock the box,” requiring cable companies to give video streaming, programming and encryption data to companies like Google that make stand-alone alternatives to the traditional cable set-top box. Done right, this could unleash innovation and usher in a new era in which televisions become a direct extension of our online world. Unfortunately, the F.C.C.’s proposal threatens to replace one set of powerful gatekeepers with a new one: Google.

Jonathan Kanter is an antitrust lawyer with Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft. [”(Disclosure: I represent companies opposed to Google on other issues in the United States and Europe.)”]


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"There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We can reduce the focus to a soft blur, or sharpen it to crystal clarity. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits." (mid-60s TV program; voice intro.)

There's got to be a right way to do this. 

Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Amazon all are trying to get into our homes:

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