• FILE - In this March 17, 2015, file photo, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on net neutrality on Capitol Hill in Washington. You may soon have more options for a cable box than renting one from your cable company. The Federal Communications Commission has a plan to make cable companies provide apps for devices that could be made by tech companies like Roku, Google or Apple. It has made significant changes to its proposal to try to assuage concerns from the TV and cable industries. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

    FILE - In this March 17, 2015, file photo, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on net neutrality on Capitol Hill in Washington. You may soon have more ... options for a cable box than renting one from your cable company. The Federal Communications Commission has a plan to make cable companies provide apps for devices that could be made by tech companies like Roku, Google or Apple. It has made significant changes to its proposal to try to assuage concerns from the TV and cable industries. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 17, 2015, file photo, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on net neutrality on Capitol Hill in Washington. You may soon have more options for a cable box than renting one from your cable company. The Federal Communications Commission has a plan to make cable companies provide apps for devices that could be made by tech companies like Roku, Google or Apple. It has made significant changes to its proposal to try to assuage concerns from the TV and cable industries. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

    FILE - In this March 17, 2015, file photo, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on net neutrality on Capitol Hill in Washington. You may soon have more ... options for a cable box than renting one from your cable company. The Federal Communications Commission has a plan to make cable companies provide apps for devices that could be made by tech companies like Roku, Google or Apple. It has made significant changes to its proposal to try to assuage concerns from the TV and cable industries. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File) (The Associated Press)

So long cable box. New rules may allow you to bypass the box

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You may soon have more options for a cable box than renting one from your cable company.

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The Federal Communications Commission has a plan to make cable companies provide apps that could be used on devices made by tech companies, like maybe Roku or Apple. It says Americans spend billions each year renting boxes, and believes there is a better way.

The FCC says that the new rules mean more choices and it will be easier for TV lovers to search for and find video they want.

Its January proposal was fought by the TV and cable industries, criticized by the U.S. Copyright Office and dozens of lawmakers. A revised plan released Thursday adopts some cable-industry suggestions.

The FCC's five commissioners will vote on the plan later this month.