With just about everything being digital now, I figured MythTV would be basically worthless.

The FCC is going to have a meeting Thursday and seemingly make a big announcement about people being able to use their own cable boxes soon. That might make something like MythTV become more appealing - maybe - but I figure the cable companies will try to come up with a way to keep up their margins even if people stop renting cable boxes.

On January 28, the FCC announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the FCC’s February 18 Open Meeting:

* “Promoting Diverse and Independent Programming.” The FCC will consider a Notice of Inquiry that “seeks comment on the current state of programming diversity and the principal obstacles that independent programmers face in obtaining carriage on video distribution platforms.”

* “Expanding Consumer Choice.” The FCC will consider an NPRM containing proposals designed to “unlock the set-top box,” according to a Fact Sheet released by the FCC on January 28. The FCC states in the Fact Sheet that “consumers should be able to have the choice of accessing programming through the MVPD-provided interface on a pay-TV set-top box or app, or through devices such as a tablet or smart TV using a competitive app or software.” The FCC’s primary proposal in the NPRM is to require that multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) – which are “cable, satellite or telco companies” – provide “three core information streams” to “creators of competitive devices or apps” that can be used to access MVPD-provided programming.

Chairman Wheeler discussed these items in a January 28 blog post , noting that the February Open Meeting “has a clear unifying theme: expanding consumer choice in the video marketplace.”

The FCC’s Open Meeting will take place on Thursday, February 18 at 10:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305 of the FCC’s headquarters at 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. and will be streamed live at fcc.gov/live.

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I'll probably look into our options a bit more in a few weeks. But J is addicted to the Tennis Channel and the Red Sox, so it's not clear that we would save much even if we did get rid of cable. (We have had Prime for years and have never downloaded a show from Amazon - it just hasn't interested us (at least not yet). We haven't done much of anything with our Chromecast thingies either.)