FCC 76.1204 Revised as of October 1, 2014
Goto Year:2013 |
§ 76.1204 Availability of equipment performing conditional access or
(a)(1) A multichannel video programming distributor that utilizes
navigation devices to perform conditional access functions shall make
available equipment that incorporates only the conditional access
functions of such devices. Commencing on July 1, 2007, no multichannel
video programming distributor subject to this section shall place in
service new navigation devices for sale, lease, or use that perform
both conditional access and other functions in a single integrated
(2) The foregoing requirement shall not apply:
(i) With respect to unidirectional navigation devices without recording
(ii) To a multichannel video programming distributor that supports the
active use by subscribers of navigation devices that:
(A) Operate throughout the continental United States, and
(B) Are available from retail outlets and other vendors throughout the
United States that are not affiliated with the owner or operator of the
multichannel video programming system.
(b) Conditional access function equipment made available pursuant to
paragraph (a)(1) of this section shall be designed to connect to and
function with other navigation devices available through the use of a
commonly used interface or an interface that conforms to appropriate
technical standards promulgated by a national standards organization.
(c) No multichannel video programming distributor shall by contract,
agreement, patent, intellectual property right or otherwise preclude
the addition of features or functions to the equipment made available
pursuant to this section that are not designed, intended or function to
defeat the conditional access controls of such devices or to provide
unauthorized access to service.
(d) Notwithstanding the foregoing, navigation devices need not be made
available pursuant to this section where:
(1) It is not reasonably feasible to prevent such devices from being
used for the unauthorized reception of service; or
(2) It is not reasonably feasible to separate conditional access from
other functions without jeopardizing security.
(e) The requirements of this section shall become applicable on July 1,
(f) Paragraphs (a)(1), (b), and (c) of this section shall not apply to
the provision of any navigation device that:
(1) Employs conditional access mechanisms only to access analog video
(2) Is capable only of providing access to analog video programming
offered over a multichannel video programming distribution system; and
(3) Does not provide access to any digital transmission of multichannel
video programming or any other digital service through any receiving,
decoding, conditional access, or other function, including any
conversion of digital programming or service to an analog format.
[ 63 FR 38095 , July 15, 1998, as amended at 64 FR 29600 , June 2, 1999;
68 FR 35822 , June 17, 2003; 70 FR 36052 , June 22, 2005; 76 FR 40279 ,
July 8, 2011]
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