Just to top off a week in which it lost a major court battle over program access in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Cablevision also entered into a consent decree with the FCC over the deployment of switched digital video technology. The consent decree format settles the issue without Cablevision admitting to any wrongdoing, and it makes a voluntary $25K contribution to the US Treasury.
The cable company was supposed to provide 30 days notice to certain subscribers and to local franchising authorities about the switch. Subscribers using unidirectional digital cable products need additional equipment to remain compatible with the SDV-delivered material.
Cablevision will adopt a notification program, using its legal staff, in conjunction with its generous donation to help defray the national debt.