Goto Section: 76.1620 | 76.1622 | Table of Contents
Revised as of January 22, 2019
Goto Year:2018 |
§ 76.1621 Equipment compatibility offer.
Link to an amendment published at 83 FR 66158 , Dec. 26, 2018.
Cable system operators that use scrambling, encryption or similar
technologies in conjunction with cable system terminal devices, as
defined in § 15.3(e) of this chapter, that may affect subscribers'
reception of signals shall offer to supply each subscriber with special
equipment that will enable the simultaneous reception of multiple
signals. The equipment offered shall include a single terminal device
with dual descramblers/decoders and/or timers and bypass switches.
Other equipment, such as two independent set-top terminal devices may
be offered at the same time that the single terminal device with dual
tuners/descramblers is offered. For purposes of this rule, two set-top
devices linked by a control system that provides functionality
equivalent to that of a single device with dual descramblers is
considered to be the same as a terminal device with dual
(a) The offer of special equipment shall be made to new subscribers at
the time they subscribe and to all subscribers at least once each year.
(b) Such special equipment shall, at a minimum, have the capability:
(1) To allow simultaneous reception of any two scrambled or encrypted
signals and to provide for tuning to alternative channels on a
pre-programmed schedule; and
(2) To allow direct reception of all other signals that do not need to
be processed through descrambling or decryption circuitry (this
capability can generally be provided through a separate by-pass switch
or through internal by-pass circuitry in a cable system terminal
(c) Cable system operators shall determine the specific equipment
needed by individual subscribers on a case-by-case basis, in
consultation with the subscriber. Cable system operators are required
to make a good faith effort to provide subscribers with the amount and
types of special equipment needed to resolve their individual
(d) Cable operators shall provide such equipment at the request of
individual subscribers and may charge for purchase or lease of the
equipment and its installation in accordance with the provisions of the
rate regulation rules for customer premises equipment used to receive
the basic service tier, as set forth in § 76.923. Notwithstanding the
required annual offering, cable operators shall respond to subscriber
requests for special equipment for reception of multiple signals that
are made at any time.
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Goto Section: 76.1620 | 76.1622
Goto Year: 2018 |
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