If you think CableCard will be around for decades, with an emphasis on more than one decade, you are simply delusional. Multiple, large cable companies have said that they are going to IP. Not that they want to or wish they could or it would be nice, they are doing it. Even TiVo agrees CableCard needs to die. The problem is what do you replace it with that doesn't completely screw customers with retail devices. I know it's easy to think that cable companies are incompetent and just morons who fell into their jobs and you know more than they do, but things like upgrades to 860mhz (which why you picked that arbitrary number and keep harping on it I have no idea) or MPEG-4 cost money. It's not like the folks who run these things are morons. They often, very often, make decisions that are hostile to their customers but it's not because they don't know what they *should* be doing.