Los Angeles – Google (NASD: GOOG), Best Buy (NYSE: BBY), Mitsubishi, Sony (NYSE: SNE), TiVo (NASD: TIVO) and
others have formed an alliance to back the Federal Communication Commission’s
(FCC) proposal for an "All Vid" standard, which would help to combine
traditional and Web video services, Ars Technica reports.

The standard would
include an adapter gadget in consumers’ homes, which could connect televisions,
computers and other devices that can receive video.

Notably, the major cable TV
providers have voiced their opposition to the AllVid concept with the FCC.

AllVid Tech Company Alliance sent the FCC a letter last week, outlining its

"It is essential for the Commission to break down the wall
separating the home network from [pay TV] networks — not just poke a few holes
in it, or rely on progress on the peripheries," the Alliance wrote, in its
letter to the FCC.

"The seeds for real competition must emerge in chips,
technologies, and interfaces that can be organic to tens of millions of products,
services, and consumer uses — not just those presently conceived, but those
that innovative minds, and users who can select and adapt their own devices,
can conceive."


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(Ars Technica)