A year ago, the Silicon Valley startup Fan TV showed off the next-generation set-top box it had built in secret. The sleek hockey puck, designed by Yves Behar, combines the functions of a traditional cable box with media streaming boxes like Apple TV and Roku. But it had one big problem — no cable company had yet agreed to let Fan TV serve as its cable box, making it basically useless. Today, Fan TV has finally reached an agreement with a national cable company — and as a result, its set-top box will soon be available in some of the country’s biggest markets.

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