Originally Posted by shibez
I was thinking about just buy my own cisco....the best model they had...in the past i saw websites who sold them but i cant find them anymore ....
Often these have turned out to be stolen. TW has a database of serial numbers of units that they have provided. Anything purchased from "outside" will not be in that database.
It used to be (may still be) that cable boxes/DVRs in Canada have to be purchased from the provider. So if someone dropped cable (and went with a dish or something) they would legitimately sell them on e-Bay. But also, there was some traffic in cable owned equipment where "customers" would cancel cable, skip town and sell the box on e-Bay. There used to be (5-6 years ago) a lot of posting in other areas of the AVS about this. The purchasers ended up "holding the bag".
It has always been the intention of Congress to give cable customers the ability to own their own equipment. There were laws passed that mandated that the FCC find a way to do this. First came CableCARDs, but it was never mandated that these have two way capability (needed for On Demand and certain other "services"). That is why most boxes these days have CableCARDs. Other than being a PIA for cable, these did not pan out. Cable's answer to the CableCARD mandate was OCAP (aka "Tru2Way"), and even some TVs incorporated the technology. But cable was slow rolling out OCAP (really it never has been fully implemented) and the few consumer devices that emerged were withdrawn years ago. Finally, in 2010 there was some talk of a different approach (called AllVid
). Endgadget had a decent article on this.
. All has been pretty quiet on that front since then.