Originally Posted by Barovelli
Who's really at fault, the cable cards that are all the same or the devices that are all different? Cable Cards have been available for years. Why hasn't there been a flood of 3rd party set top boxes, DVRs or affordable TVs using it?
CableCards in leased boxes? Who thought that up?
Dunno who's at fault, but I recall people requesting the tech coming out with 2 or 3 different types of CableCARDs and trying all of them because some combinations work and others don't. I recall people requesting newer versions of CableCARDs that had certain problems resolved. Based on that I don't think all CableCARDs are the same.
On the provisioning side, I remember Comcast contracting out to UEI to collect CableCARD info they either forgot or had no idea they were supposed to collect.
I'm sure in some cases the CE devices are to blame as well.
There was a period about 2yrs ago when lots of TVs were including CableCARD. Due to problems with provisioning, various limitations of CableCARD, customer service encouraging STB use, lack of consumer education, etc. CableCARD is virtually dead for TVs. IMO if it weren't for TiVo S3, CableCARD would be virtually dead.
Separate portable encryption for leased boxes, FCC came up with that. CableCARD, the specific implementation of that idea, cable companies came up with that via their proxy company CableLabs.
Obviously leased boxes work fine without CableCARD. Will forcing STBs to use CableCARD create a level playing field and/or accelerate newer downloadable encryption? IMO most likely yes.
IMO if the original deadlines had been enforced, you would see 2-way and multi-stream CableCARDs or equivalent downloadable CA much faster than what we are seeing. That would mean you could see those features used in CE 3rd-party devices much quicker also.
If the cable company lease STBs uses the same Conditional Access as 3rd party consumer electronics, then there is hope that consumer electronics products will be able to do all the functions STBs are able to do.