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Comcast customers won't need cable box with upcoming apps

TheStreet

NEW YORK >> Comcast says later this year you won't need a cable box to watch cable as the company follows its rivals in offering TV-watching apps.

The announcement has interesting timing. It comes as the federal government works on new rules that would force the TV industry to let tech companies -- say, TiVo or Google -- sell cable boxes, too. Consumers typically pay cable companies extra fees for these boxes, and the cable industry is opposed to the effort.