The free ride is over for people who have been getting access to basic cable TV stations by simply plugging their TVs into the wall.
Late last week, the Federal Communications Commission gave cable operators permission to encrypt basic cable TV service, which includes broadcast TV, in an effort to allow people to sign up for and disconnect cable service remotely and help cable operators reduce theft of basic services. Cable operators already encrypt the more expensive channel packages.
The FCC had prohibited encryption of basic service, because doing so required consumers to rent a set-top box. The idea was … Read more