On this page: http://www.usbhdtv.com/specification_01.html
It says "Supports only analog TV with DVD resolution (720x480) for USB1.x"
I see the new wording on the home page...it has been updated since I first viewed it several weeks ago concerning MCE compatability.
I am curious though why MCE doesn't handle Digital TV, as the mechanics of capturing the data is done by the tuner then passed through the OS and XP itself can certainly handle HDTV.
Is this a MS marketing "restriction" that can be overcome through drivers from the tuner mfrs?
Is this a genuine incompatability issue with MCE requiring further MS development?
Concerning DC Ready, Panasonic is selling retail HDTVs with tuner and card slot already. Obviously the chipsets and card readers are available.
I'd just like to hear from one manufacturer who will state the objective for tuning QAM if they are not also pursuing DCReady/Cablecard. Heck, just tell folks to get their HDTV OTA instead....
The picture of the Sasem isn't adequate to see if there is a slot or not.
And a look inside would certainly show if there were traces on the PCB for the addition of a card reader at some later date.
So if the chipsets and everything else are available for sale in a TV, they must work or it would be a HUGE risk for Panasonic, technical and PR
Either the PC Tuner guys are barking up the wrong tree with how they are pursuing QAM tuning since the giant manufacturers figured it out, or maybe the right chipsets are unavailable for sale to them for some reason?
Or maybe they are being pressured to withhold such existing (in the labs)products until a certain time?
Because if DC Ready products become widespread and the cable companies are ready to start handing out CableCards, that $10,000 3"-thick Plasma on the wall is gonna look pretty dumb with a phonebook-sized STB next to it.
This is a seriously difficult production/distribution/inventory/marketing problem.
The timetable by which any of the industry players moves can negatively affect the others.
DCR Televisions will seriously impact STB manufacturers.
If cable companies advertise CableCards, exsisitng inventory of DTVs without slots become undesirable and inventory becomes potentially worth less than it was purchased for.
Selling DCReady TVs before the cable company offers the service frustrates consumers wrt the cable company.
...and so forth...
I just wish they'd deploy the technology or at least provide a clear roadmap so everybody could make solid choices.