Washington-AP -- Plug-and-play is a step closer for digital t-v fans.
Regulators have adopted rules to make cable television and new television sets more compatible. The goal of the new rules is to promote the rollout of digital and high-definition televisions.
The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to approve the new technical and labeling standards, which seek to allow digital cable signals to flow seamlessly into t-v sets without the need for a set-top box.
Companies want high-definition sets with this "plug-and-play" technology available next year.
The cable and electronics industries agreed in December to make their equipment work together. The plan needed federal approval.
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