Originally Posted by palehorse
Sadly, I don't see Cablecard support happening anytime soon, so WMC still has that one great advantage for those who are willing to dish out the $$ for Ceton's new tuner.
I'm just starting to ramp up on this stuff, so there's a good possibility I have no clue what I'm talking about. That said ...http://hd.engadget.com/2010/03/17/a-...ndaids-by-thi/
Long term (end of 2012), the FCC looks to be mandating the design that CE's such as TiVo and Sony have been pushing ...
a residential IP gateway that is open and that will provide same abilities as your provider's equipment, and most importantly, it should enable the very same gear to work no matter what type of service you prefer, whether it be satellite, cable or fiber -- for example, via various gateways the same TiVo would work with either DirecTV or Comcast.
More interesting for the short-term however, the FCC is mandating several 'fixes' to the current CableCard model to be addressed this year. They include:
- Ditch Tuning Adapters and let devices with Ethernet ports communicate upstream via IP to tune SDV channels.
- If a customer has a CableCARD in their leased set-top box, it must be reflected on the bill like any other CableCARD would.
- If the provider offers a self install for leased set-top boxes, they must also allow self install of a CableCARD.
- Software shouldn't require the same CableLabs certification hardware does.
The implication of that last one are most relevant to this thread.
But the last one might just be our favorite, it would allow anyone to write software to support CableCARD tuners for PCs. This would mean that if SageTV wanted to support CableCARD it wouldn't have to pay thousands to CableLabs to be certified -- although it would have to pay for a PlayReady license as it's the only DRM currently approved. Now we always suspected that SageTV wanted to support CableCARDs and based on the fact that this new rule is because of comments by the company to the FCC, it appears to be the case.
Coincidentally, or more likely not
coincidentally, SageTV LLC is now licensed to use PlayReady licensee.http://www.microsoft.com/PlayReady/L...licensees.mspx