Originally Posted by slowbiscuit
Nobody said a few months but it's pretty clear you think they will try and screw all the third-party devices over eventually.
Originally Posted by htpcforever
If anyone thinks a change can happen in a few months, they have never actually watched the telecommunications industry implement a change. .
I stand corrected. But you are correct, I do believe that most large corporations put profits over customers. I am at a disadvantage. I grew up in a time when business had much more respect for their customers. Little things. When you called, a person would answer. Today you typically get a recording, telling you how important your call is. It's amazing that they were able to design an automated answering system with feelings and emotions! Otoh, they keep changing their damn menu options!!!
We've gone from, "What do people want", to, "What are people willing to put up with".
When they get rid of cable cards, it will likely be cost related. I can all but guarantee it won't be based on "What will serve consumers best".
These things have little to do with "tin foil" conspiracies, and everything to do with history and observation. Ever hear of Ma Bell (who has been slowly rising from the dead, btw)?
Main stream streaming (say that fast ten times) will come about when us "rebels" reach a certain threshold to make it significantly profitable for them to come up with a convienant delivery system (that they can control).