MEDIA BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON TIVOS REQUEST FOR WAIVER OF THE IEEE-1394 OUTPUT REQUIREMENT
Federal Communications Commission
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Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: February 2, 2010
MEDIA BUREAU ACTION
MEDIA BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON TIVO’S REQUEST FOR WAIVER OF THE
IEEE-1394 OUTPUT REQUIREMENT
CS Docket No. 97-80 / CSR-8252-Z
Comment Date: February 22, 2010
Reply Comment Date: March 4, 2010
rules1 for waiver of part of Section 76.640(b)(4) of the Commission’s rules.2 Section 76.640(b)(4)
requires cable operators to include a DVI or HDMI interface and an IEEE 1394 interface on all high
definition set-top boxes (“STBs”) that they acquire for distribution to customers. TiVo seeks waiver of
this rule with respect to the IEEE 1394 interface requirement on behalf of cable operators who wish to
deploy the TiVo high definition digital video recorders (“HD DVR”) models sold at retail.
TiVo states that, at the time the regulation was adopted, the IEEE 1394 interface was the only digital
video interface available for consumer devices that supported recording devices and networking.3 TiVo
asserts that since the time the regulation was adopted, the cable industry has moved away from the IEEE
1394 connection to widely deployed Internet protocol (“IP”) technologies.4 TiVo argues that the IEEE
1394 interface requirement was implemented to ensure leased devices would interoperate with consumer-
purchased equipment.5 Consequently, TiVo argues that its HD DVR already meets this core objective by
including home networking compatibility with products its consumers use most, IP-enabled devices.6
1 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.3, 76.7, 76.1207.
2 47 C.F.R. § 76.630(b)(4).
3 Waiver Request at 3.
4 Id. at 3.
5 Id. at 7.
6 Id. at 8.
TiVo argues that a waiver will advance choice and competition in cable navigation devices.7 TiVo
explains that its value to cable operators is through offering a popular retail product for use as a leased
set-top box with no hardware modification, available at a lower cost.8 TiVo argues without a waiver, the
cost of adding an IEEE 1394 port would make the TiVo HD DVR less cost-competitive against the HD
DVRs that cable operators currently lease and thus reduce competition.9 Further, TiVo argues that adding
the IEEE 1394 port would delay the introduction of competition into the cable set-top market with no
resulting benefit to the cable operator or consumers.10
TiVo explains that its requested waiver is justified because cable operators can continue to deploy devices
to subscribers who request a set-top box with an IEEE 1394 interface.11 Consequently, TiVo argues a
waiver of the IEEE 1394 interface requirement would cause no harm to other interested parties.12
We seek comment on TiVo’s request.
This proceeding will be treated as “permit but disclose” for purposes of the Commission’s ex parte
rules.13 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-
Comments and oppositions are due
February 22, 2010. Petitioner’s reply is due
March 4, 2010. All
filings must be submitted in CS Docket No. 97-80 and CSR-8252-Z. 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.15
Comments may be filed using: (1) (ECFS), (2) the Federal Government’s eRulemaking Portal, or (3) by
filing paper copies.16
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS:
https://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: CS Docket No. 97-80. Parties may also
7 Id. at 5.
8 Id. at 6.
11 Id. at 9.
13 See 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200-1.1216.
14 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206.
15 47 C.F.R. §§ 76.7(b)(1), 76.7(c)(1).
16 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).
submit an electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To get filing instructions, filers should send an e-mail
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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 (although we continue to experience delays in receiving U.S. Postal
Service mail). All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary,
Federal Communications Commission.
Effective December 28, 2009, 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.
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.
Washington, D.C. 20554
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(202) 418-0530 or (202) 418-7365 (TTY).
For further information, contact Brendan Murray of the Media Bureau, (202) 418-2120. Press inquiries
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