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NCTA CableCARD Deployment Update

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by sbiller, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. nrc

    nrc Cracker Soul

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    Anti-trust isn't relevant. Cable companies have been locking consumers in for decades without ever having to run afoul of anti-trust laws.

    You talk about enforcement but what we're facing is a loss of any hope for enforcement. The NCTA is pushing their faux "consumer choice" as an excuse for the FCC to gut the regulations that have at least forced things to the point where just about any cable customer can buy a CableCard device and expect that it will work even if it's a hassle. That wasn't the case not so many years ago.
     
  2. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    TiVos and some PCs are the only new stuff that can takes cable cards, I don't think any new HDTVs have cable slots, if anybody knows of anything else that takes cable cards, that is new and for retail sale, please let me know.
     
  3. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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  4. nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

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    Quite a few. Some were just showcased at CES.

    There's now retail "cable boxes" without DVR.

    There's now retail "DVR boxes" besides TiVo.

    There's now hybrid devices that are meant to be all-in-one, with Blu-Ray player, smart apps for your TV, streaming capabilities, and more (DVR, and beyond).

    There's HDHomeRun type devices now supporting one or more cards to provide insane tuner numbers, and some are also meant to be network accessible in a manner that makes them behave like any device on your network has the cablecard inside it.

    zatznotfunny.com has many blogs on these (out-of-nowhere) devices.
    engadget.com also
    gigaom.com as well

    It's struck all the bloggers, reviewers, and commentators as strange that many well-known name brand CE manufacturers, as well as newcomers, have suddenly embraced a technology implementation whose imminent death seemed very certain.

    I breath a sigh of relief with every new device I see that supports or requires cablecard.
     
  5. tarheelblue32

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    I think CableCards will be with us for at least another few years. The cable companies have spent lots of money to put CableCards in 40+ million cable boxes. At the snails pace with which cable companies seem to upgrade their equipment, at least some of those are likely to be in service for years to come. And as long as a cable company still has some of their boxes with CableCards still in service, the FCC will probably make them still support retail CableCards.

    Has there been any movement lately on AllVid? I really hope that if/when CableCards are phased out that the FCC can force a new standard on the entire pay TV sector that will support retail devices across cable, telco, and satellite video services.
     
  6. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    AllVid was stillborn, the FCC never gave a s**t after the initial proposal.
     
  7. lessd

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  8. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    It MIGHT do PPV if your cable company will still let you order PPV by phone the old fashioned way. It will not do on-demand unless your cable company has a Samsung app for this device that allows it.
     
  9. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    So far TWC is the only one I know of that has an app for it.
     
  10. Johncv

    Johncv Active Member

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    Sam, why don't you post a White House petition. I know you could word it elegantly and state what would be best for us as consumer and then all three million TiVo user could sign it. That would get everyone's attention. :) Go for it, I dare you. :D If you do it, I will sign it.
     

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