[mythtv-users] Cox Communications has turned off Firewire output
masterclc at gmail.com
Tue Aug 28 03:31:55 UTC 2007
On 8/27/07, Tom Greer <trgreer at gmail.com> wrote:
> Cox Communications in Orange County, CA has disabled the IEEE1394 output on
> all of their cable boxes.
> I called Technical Support this afternoon and spoke to a supervisor, who
> informed me that this was a Cox Cable corporate decision.
> When I informed him that this violated FCC regulations, he simply repeated
> the new policy.
> I promptly informed him that I was going to file a complaint with the FCC -
> and immediately start the process of switching my telephone, internet
> provider and cable TV service elsewhere.
> I have filed a complaint with the FCC.
> FYI, The specific FCC regulation that requires this is 47cfr76.640 where it
> (4) Cable operators shall:
> (i) Effective April 1, 2004, upon request of a customer, replace any leased
> high definition set-top box, which does not include a functional IEEE 1394
> interface, with one that includes a functional IEEE 1394 interface or
> upgrade the customer's set-top box by download or other means to ensure that
> the IEEE 1394 interface is functional.
> (ii) Effective July 1, 2005, include both a DVI or HDMI interface and an
> IEEE 1394 interface on all high definition set-top boxes acquired by a cable
> operator for distribution to customers.
> I'm not entirely convinced this is a nationwide issue. Perhaps, we have a
> local yokel here that is feeling his Wheaties. Is anyone else having this
Depending on their level of commitment to the community, contact your
local government officials as well (congressman, city council, etc).
If you have more than 1 agency "breathing down their necks" it could
sway their decision now AND in the future...
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