Originally Posted by optivity
Requiring STBs to use an OCAP authorization mechanism with a CableCARD hopefully will spur digital A/V equipment manufactures to provide consumers with additional choices beyond the aging SA8300.
I'm sure that this has been pointed out before but the TRUTH is that there has been NO REQUIREMENT that OCAP be used after 7/1/07.
While it is TRUE that the broad objective of the FCC is to enable Consumer Owned Navigation Devices has lead industry to develop the Open Cable Application Platform, no government agency has mandated it's use.
The FCC has also not directly mandated the use of CableCards either. They have only mandated that NEW cable company supplied STBs NOT have integrated (built-in) security. While industry has developed a downloadable security solution (DCAS - Downloadable Conditional Access Security), it is not yet ready for deployment. Because the FCC is unwilling to delay further delay in action the only solution for cable is to temporarily use boxes with CableCards, until DCAS is ready for deployment.
BTW: The CableCards that most of the cable boxes will use are different than the old ones. These are know as "Type M", meaning Multi-Stream. They can handle multiple (up to 6) programing streams.
These new boxes are capable of using OCAP - but then, many of the old boxes are also supposedly capable of OCAP too.
One reason that we aren't seeing greater changes in the cable boxes now is that major changes are in the not too distant future (DCAS, MPEG-4, etc.) and they are waiting for those (particularly DCAS) before the next major retooling.
Besides: What is the market for these cable supplied STBs if consumers will be able to purchase their own navigation devices, or have them built into the TV?
But the bottom line here: OCAP is NOT mandated by the FCC by 7/1/07.