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FCC to take aim at outrageous cable-box costs

Jared Newman | Jan. 28, 2016
A new proposal would open up pay TV programming to more devices, letting users avoid inflated rental fees.

Why this matters: Set-top rental fees are one of the biggest downsides of cable and satellite TV service, costing the average subscriber more than $231 per year. While the cable industry didn’t have much incentive to provide alternatives in the past, times are changing as more people forgo cable TV or reduce the number of services they’re paying for. In this new world of TV consumption, perhaps a renewed effort will finally get some traction.


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