Advertisements The cable industry! There are a whole bunch of threads and posts from a whole bunch of people with a whole bunch of cableCard issues and problems. I dont have any personal experience to relate to the getting it work part, but I did call my cable provider asking about getting a cableCard. I was told, most people dont like cableCards and dont use them. So I said: OK, but, if I still did want one, can I get one? I was told, yes, but it would be a special order since we dont have any in stock. So, I say how long will it take? I was told it looks like the last customer that order a cableCard had to wait about 6 weeks for delivery. I said I would think about it and hung up. Admittedly, I have not read all the thread or all the posts. Also, Im not an expert on the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications_Act_of_1996). I have read some about the cableCard (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cablecard). Im pretty sure I have ADD so I end up not reading everything. But here is some of what I did read about the cableCard: CableCARDs may be used to access both Standard Definition and High Definition channels. CableCARDs are not necessary for viewing unscrambled digital cable channels if the user has a QAM tuner a feature in some televisions and DVRs. CableCARD support is most common on higher end televisions that include a special slot for the CableCARD and a built-in cable tuner. The card acts like a unique "key" to unlock the channels and services which the cable customer has subscribed to, and the television's remote-control will also control the cable channels. Televisions that support CableCARD should be labeled by the manufacturer as "digital cable ready", or DCR. (Side Note: So, TiVo, tell me again WHY I must have a cableCard to watch UNencrypted channels when the (only) purpose of a cableCard is to authorize reception of ENcrypted channels???) I have also read a little about CableLabs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CableLabs). Apparently, the cable industry invented CableLabs. CableLabs is a research group RUN by a consortium of cable companies! Whose interest is that consortium of cable companies looking out for? Oh, my! Look, its the fox in charge of the chicken coop! The cable companies have enjoyed a monopoly (at our expense) for a VERY long time; they have a VERY profitable revenue stream; and, with the ever expanding list of HD channels, an even LARGER revenue stream in the future. So, is it any wonder that they came up with CableLabs to maintain their control. Our government on occasionally tries to do stuff in our behalf, but (usually) ends up on the short side because (IMHO) its big industry with all their lobby $$$ that are really in control. IMHO, the cable industry invented CableLabs to basically thwart the Telecomm Act and fly in the face of FCC mandates. WHY is the cableCard NOT widely used and accepted: because that IS the way the cable (monopoly) industry wants it to be!!! HOW did the cable industry manage to become the SOLE, and ONLY ones allowed to sell/rent a cableCard??? WHY does Motorola (and others that actually manufacture the cableCard), ONLY provide them to cable companies??? Does the FCC mandate that or what??? IF cableCards where made available to/by TiVo and/or the rest of the cableSLOT consumer industry, we would NOT be in this mess!!! (This mess is why a lot of HDTV manufacturers have removed the cableSLOT from their sets!) If TiVo and the rest of the cableSLOT industry was able to provider the cableCard (that is so hated by the cable industry), cable providers could/would still charge their fees for various service tiers and various encrypted channels. Motorola (and others manufacturing cableCards) would probably NOT object to selling a bunch of cableCards to the whole cableSLOT industry.