Originally Posted by mark_1080p
One issue important to me, don't see too many talk about - CableCARD.
Any hint on the 72, 92 - will they have it ?
A couple of questions, not trying to start a fight, just honestly interested.
1) How long do you expect to keep this set?
2) What benefit do you see with cablecard as opposed to the current/next generation HD DVR/Stb's? The reason that I ask is because my cable company charges the same fee whether I use their moto 6412 HD DVR or a cablecard in my TV.
I have gone through 3 STB's, upgrading features each time, since I got HD cable a year ago.
There is talk of a future 2 way cablecard, but the rumors that I have heard is that it will not come under the federal mandate(which makes cable co's provide cablecards) so that many people expect the local cable companies to NEVER provide them. Any set you buy today would also probably not be compatible with them anyway.
In other words, if you were in my area, you would have less options with a current cablecard compatible set using cablecard than if you had the DVR. You would also not have the "free" upgrade capabilities during the life of the set, yet you would probably pay more for the set.
I am glad that Sharp is going for a price conscious consumer and limiting the inputs, bells and whistles, so that they have can keep the prices low.
Just my opinion.