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Motorola to demo cable STB with ATSC tuner

Ben Drawbaugh

In what can only make us scream: about time! Motorola announces that they will demo a new cable STBs that also includes an ATSC tuner, you know like the ones Dish and DirecTV have offered for years. Just like the satellite providers boxes, the OTA channels will integrate into the guide seamlessly. The obvious reason for this is to provide HD channels to customers that the cable company doesn't currently have a carriage agreement for. This is a win-win scenario for everyone except the local affiliate who will lose bargaining power when trying to charge the cable company for the same thing you can get for free with an antenna.

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