But that might all change soon. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler just proposed a rule change that would require cable and broadcast networks to sell their programming to any company that wants to be a TV provider, not just cable or satellite companies. That means Apple could set up an internet TV service and get all the channels it needs to actually replace your cable box — not just a handful of streaming deals like it has now, but a full-on TV package. Microsoft could do the same thing and properly integrate live TV into the next version of the Xbox One, instead of the ill-fated IR blaster hack shipping now. And Google could actually deliver on the promise of Google TV, instead of wiping out so hard it almost crushed Logitech into a fine powder.
A WONKY LEGAL RULE CHANGE THAT COULD HAVE HUGE EFFECTS
The new rule isn't a done deal yet; Wheeler just proposed the change today, and there's a lengthy process to go through. But it's an important change to make; TVs haven't meaningfully evolved since the DVR first came out, and it's time to tear down the barriers that have kept the tech industry at bay for so long.
Also, somewhere Gene Munster is doing a happy dance.