FCC permits cable to encrypt basic services, but requires programming to be available via IP | C2M : veille Digital Media | Scoop.it

The FCC has released new rules that will allow cable operators to encrypt all their basic channels. However, the new rule comes with a major exception: Any encrypted basic channels must be also made available unencrypted via IP.


FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski circulated the new rules in August, allowing cable operators to encrypt basic tiers. However, in July, Boxee and others complained about the inability of their Internet devices to access programming on basic tiers once the content is encrypted.