FCC vote could end the set-top box monopoly

The Federal Communications Commission has taken another step toward making the cable box obsolete, voting to approve a proposal that will open up pay-TV programming to more devices.

Under the FCC’s proposal, any device maker would be able to grab a TV signal coming over a cable and integrate it with their device’s own apps and interfaces. Apple, for instance, could design its own software and hardware for watching live TV and DVR content, and Google could do the same with its Android...

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