Originally Posted by AtlantisMichael
So that begs the question; How long will the manufacturers continue to make a TVGOS device when the cable companies refuse to pass the TVGOS information? And what happens to all the existing devices out there? From all the trouble as of late and the sell of Gemstar to Macrovision the future looks dark.
I doubt we will ever see another TVGOS device for cable.
CE manufacturers (Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, etc) are focused on true2way. These products run the cable company's true2way (Java) EPG software, which uses the cable co's own guide data and VOD. Using the cable company's EPG eliminates the need for CE manufacturers to pay separate EPG patent licensing fees to Macrovision; it also eliminates the need to pay a fee for TVGOS, since guide data is supplied by the cable company for free.
true2way effectively renders TVGOS obsolete as a digital cable solution. TVGOS still has some merit for basic (analog) cable, but its value is diminished as more and more cable systems transition from analog to digital over the next few years. Moving forward, I question whether basic cable + ota solutions can be competitive on the market, price-wise and feature-wise, given (a) the need to license the EPG patents + TVGOS, (b) the added cost of analog support, (c) the current limitations of the TVGOS software, i.e. single-tuner, and (d) expected sales volume.
There must be sufficient savings over a TivoHD (with lifetime) for someone to settle for inferior functionality, and that may not be attainable with the number of units that a CE manufacturer could reasonably expect to sell.