Advertisements So this thread looks like it is winding down, so I'd like to offer some parting comments. A lot of folks have been stating- Gee, no Cablecard 2.0 support, I think I want to wait until that comes along... Well all I have to say is you need to know what Cablecard 2.0 is before you say that, and if it is taken the way the cable companies wrote it, you will lose a lot of functionality. Much of this is due to OCAP. Others think OCAP is a good thing because it is like Java, or like Europe's MHP upon which it was based. This is false. Here's how the engineering site for MHP, OCAP and JavaTv describes OCAP: Remember, this was written by folks that like OCAP. But is "full control" by the cable operator an exaggeration? Well, whether or not you consider the following OCAP features "OS powers" or not, ask yourself if you want the cable companies to control the following features on your third party box**: Network approval of Applications required: If an application has not been validated by the Network controlled Monitor, it will not be allowed to run. You dont get to run the apps you want to run. Ability to modify or block User Inputs: Before any other application gets access to the User input, the network controlled monitor app may modify it. Keys may be remapped or entirely disabled. Cannot be overriden. You like your FF key? Network controlled Copy Protection: The monitor master application can use the org.ocap.hardware.CopyControl class to enable or disable analog copy protection schemes such as Macrovision. Using the same interface, it can also enable or disable down-conversion of high-definition services to standard definition. Cannot be overriden. Network controlled Reboot. Hey- you didn't really want to record that anyway. Forced download of Apps from the network. Deletion of user applications is permitted. Network control of Flash memory: The network controlled Monitor master application may erase any data stored in flash memory. If the local cableco doesnt like whats another app has in flash memory, its gone. Is this TV our way? Or the cableco's way? Is this the product of a regulatory system that is looking out for consumer interests? What if the phone company got to control your third party telephone this way? You think you'd have the features we take for granted or be seeing low long distance rates we do now? If after 10 years this is the best the FCC can do to fulfill the mandate of the 1996 Telecom law to see that third party devices can fully access the networks of the carriers, then maybe it is time for a change. ** For an more engineering oriented synopsis of the OCAP software architecture, you may find this article very interesting.