Why you still can’t ditch that cable box

FILE - This Wednesday, May 30, 2007, file photo shows a cable box on top of a television set in Philadelphia. Not that long ago, the clunky cable box looked like it was on its way out. The federal government was pressuring cable companies to open up their near-monopoly on boxes to more competition, and industry leader Comcast promised apps that could render some boxes obsolete. But today, the vast majority of customers still need to rent a box to get full service from cable providers, and those box-replacing apps remain elusive. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

NEW YORK – Not that long ago, the clunky cable box looked like it was on its way out. The federal government was pressuring cable companies to open up their near-monopoly on boxes to more competition, and industry leader Comcast promised apps that could render some boxes obsolete.

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