Oklahoma cable customers could benefit from Cox set-top box verdict

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Hundreds of thousands of local Cox Cable TV subscribers could benefit from a federal jury’s decision that the company violated antitrust law by requiring set-top box rentals to view premium cable services in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1NdPO0E ) reports that Cox required subscribers to rent its boxes on a monthly basis to receive certain types of programming. The lawsuit claimed Cox would not activate set-top boxes acquired from other sources.

A jury on Thursday announced its verdict after three days of deliberations.

Under the terms of the verdict, Cox subscribers from 2005-2012 could be eligible for part of the jury’s award.

Cox spokeswoman Christine Martin said the company will challenge the judgment.

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