This week, the FCC ruled that cable cards or "navigation devices" are being eliminated from their mandated reporting requirements. The FCC has determined that at less than a half-million users, with it dropping by 50,000 every year, it is no longer required for cable companies to have to report them or support them.
David's cable service went out, so he got the cable company to come out and fix it. Now they're suddenly requiring every single TV have its own set-top box, and they'll charge $7 a month for each one. Leo says that when we went digital several years ago, the federal government opened the door for this kind of shake down.
Doctor Mom liked Aereo because once we went digital, she couldn't get any over the air broadcast signals. It gave her the option of a more affordable service. Now that Aereo has been turned off, she can't get anything without paying expensive cable and satellite bills.
Dave is a college football fan and thanks to the Time Warner Cable and CBS issue, and that the Pac12 Network isn't carried by Verizon, he can't see the football he wants. Leo says that exclusives are annoying because it restricts the viewer. Leo predicts that CBS and Time Warner will resolve their issues by the start of the NFL season. Pac12 has an app that could help.