Originally Posted by BenJF3
The interface box was supposed to be the CableCard slot in a Tru2Way system. Pop the card in, plug in the cable wire and your done. For some reason, the big cable ops refuse to embrace third party ideas - we still don't have a DVR that gives full function with Time Warner.
Not quite: CableCard was around long before (2003) "Tru2Way" (2008).
was the result of the 1996 Telecommunications law that as intended to:
"...assure the commercial availability to consumers of multichannel video programming and other services offered over multichannel video programming systems, of converter boxes, interactive communications equipment, and other equipment used by consumers to access multichannel video programming and other services offered over multichannel video programming systems, from manufacturers, retailers, and other vendors not affiliated with any multichannel video programming distributor."
The problem was, the CableCard was a decoding device only, and did not provide any sort of back communication. I understand that there were discussions of including backwards communication needed for SDV or OnDemand (which were just starting to emerge at the time) and that the Consumer Electronics industry opposed that due to added costs.
After the first CableCards were deployed this shortcoming was realized and the cable industry (under pressure from the FCC) developed OCAP
(Open Cable Application Platform), which was later renamed "Tru2Way"
). That, BTW, is the basis for ODN (OCAP Digital Network). Panasonic came out with a few "Tru2Way" Plasma TVs in late 2007 in a few cities that had Tru2Way implemented (by Comcast). They dropped those sets in 2010.
So, unfortunately, the original objectives of the 1996 Telecommunications law have not been met. However, the FCC is still charged with implemented that law. Now they are pursuing a new approach (AllVid
), but progress on this seems slow (at least any progress is not visible to the outside world.
The real problem with this sort of thing (the government dictating that something be done) is that the actual technology moves much faster than the regulatory mechanism.