Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: August 16, 2012
MEDIA BUREAU ACTION
MEDIA BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON TIVO’S REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION AND
WAIVER OF THE AUDIOVISUAL OUTPUT REQUIREMENT OF SECTION 76.640(b)(4)(iii)
MB Docket No. 12-230
Comment Date: [15 days after publication in the Federal Register]
Reply Comment Date: [25 days after publication in the Federal Register]
rules1 for waiver of part of Section 76.640(b)(4)(iii) of the Commission’s rules.2 Section 76.640(b)(4)(iii)
requires cable operators to “ensure that the cable-operator-provided high definition set-top boxes, except
unidirectional set-top boxes without recording functionality, shall comply with an open industry standard
that provides for audiovisual communications including service discovery, video transport, and remote
control command pass-through standards for home networking” by December 1, 2012. This rule is
designed to ensure that consumers will be able to connect consumer electronics devices that they own to
set-top boxes that they lease from their cable operators for whole-home viewing and recording.3 TiVo
also asks the Commission to clarify the meaning of the phrase “open industry standard” in the rule.4
TiVo seeks a waiver of 76.640(b)(4)(iii) for TiVo boxes that cable operators lease to subscribers.5 TiVo
requests that this waiver last until 12 months after cable operators have deployed at least 100,000 Cisco
set-top boxes and 100,000 Motorola set-top boxes that include an output that complies with Section
76.640(b)(4)(iii). 6 TiVo maintains that waiver of “an open standard” implementation for cable operators
with respect to TiVo boxes that cable operators lease to subscribers would cause no harm to interested
parties and will benefit consumers.7 We seek comment on TiVo’s request.
1 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.3, 76.7, 76.1207.
2 47 C.F.R. § 76.640(b)(4)(iii).
3 Implementation of Section 304 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996; Commercial Availability of Navigation
Devices, 25 FCC Rcd 14657, 14677-9, ¶¶ 39-44 (2010).
4 Waiver Request at 7-8.
5 Id. at 6-7.
6 Id. at 8-10.
7 Id at 11.
This proceeding will be treated as “permit but disclose” for purposes of the Commission’s ex parte rules.8
As a result of the permit-but-disclose status of this proceeding, ex parte presentations will be governed by
the procedures set forth in Section 1.1206 of the Commission’s rules applicable to non-restricted
Comments and oppositions are due [15 days after publication in the Federal Register]. Petitioner’s
reply is due [25 days after publication in the Federal Register]. All filings must be submitted in MB
Docket No. 12-230. Pleadings sent via e-mail to the Commission will be considered informal and will
not be part of the official record. Interested parties will have access to comments online through the
Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), and therefore we waive the requirements of
Sections 76.7(b)(1) and 76.7(c)(1) that comments and oppositions be served on interested parties.10
Comments may be filed using: (1) (ECFS), (2) the Federal Government’s eRulemaking Portal, or (3) by
filing paper copies.11
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS:
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/ or the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Filers
should follow the instructions provided on the website for submitting comments.
For ECFS filers, in completing the transmittal screen, filers should include their full name, U.S. Postal
service mailing address, and the applicable docket number: MB Docket No. 12-230. Parties may also
submit an electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To get filing instructions, filers should send an e-mail
to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include the following words in the body of the message: “get form”. A sample form
and instructions will be sent in response.
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of each filing.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or
overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office
of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary must be
delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554. All hand
deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of
before entering the building. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent
to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street, SW,
Washington DC 20554.
One copy of each pleading must be sent to Brendan Murray, Media Bureau, Room 4-A737, 445 12th
Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554 or Brendan.Murray@fcc.gov.
8 See 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200-1.1216.
9 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206.
10 47 C.F.R. §§ 76.7(b)(1), 76.7(c)(1).
11 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, GC Docket No. 97-113, Report and Order, 13
FCC Rcd 11322, 11326, para. 8 (April 6, 1998).
Copies of the Waiver Request and any subsequently filed documents in this matter are also available for
inspection in the Commission’s Reference Information Center:
445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402
Washington, D.C. 20554
Alternate formats of this Public Notice (computer diskette, large print, audio recording, or Braille) are
available to persons with disabilities by contacting the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at
(202) 418-0530 or (202) 418-7365 (TTY).
For further information, contact Brendan Murray of the Media Bureau, (202) 418-2120. Press inquiries
should be directed to Janice Wise, (202) 418-8165 or Janice.Wise@fcc.gov. TTY: (202) 418-7172 or