Advertisements There were a few things that led to the death of CableCARD TVs. First was price and poor communication. When they came out they typically had about a $200 price premium compared to the same model without the CableCARD slot. The cable companies would also commonly spread misinformation about the cards and provided a very, very, poor installation experience. That alone pushed most of the TVs out of the market. Then came SDV and all the TVs already out there became useless. IIRC Time Warner moved all their premium channels to SDV first so they could basically tell owners of CableCARD devices that the standard did not support premium channels. TiVo is the one who fought back and got them to create the Tuning Adapter so that they could access SDV channels. But by that time it was too late. CableCARD TVs were already on the way out and even those that were left decided that adding a USB port and requiring people to have an external box anyway wasn't going to work for the intended purpose and abandoned the standard. For a couple of years only TiVo and a single tuner external box for HTPCs supported CableCARDs at all. Then Silicone Dust and Ceton came along with their offerings and vitalized the HTPC market briefly. But MS screwed them over when they stopped updating MCE and eventually discontinued it. Now we're essentially back to TiVo and maybe the Silicone Dust DVR if it ever makes it out of beta.