TiVo at risk? Company hires ex-senator to lobby
TheHill.com reports that Tivo has hired former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) to lobby on an expiring television law.
The former three-term senator is now a senior policy adviser at Arent Fox, and is focusing his attention for the video recording company on a legal provision requiring a specific decryption technology in all cable boxes, according to a new lobbying disclosure form.
The provision exists under current law and has been critical for companies like TiVo, it says, by preventing cable companies from using their own methods to encrypt the incoming signal to televisions. TiVo has worried that dropping the current standard without replacing it with something else could lock it and other third-party set-top box providers out of the market.