FCC approves changes to CableCARD rules

A trade group representing the cable industry also praised the FCC's action and pledged to work with TiVo and other retail cable box providers to create a new video device capable of seamlessly integrating content from multiple sources.

“We commend the Commission for its constructive approach in adopting sensible, targeted fixes to the current CableCARD rules that provide cable operators the necessary flexibility to continue improving the CableCARD experience for all of our customers," said the National Cable and Telecommunications Association in a statement.

“We agree with the Commission that implementing these changes — including increasing options for self-installation, providing more transparency and properly equipping technicians — will assist customers who use retail devices that rely on CableCARDs."