Originally Posted by Contsi
As a user of cable card I'm concerned about this; does anyone know the status of multi-directional cards and, how do we know what existing devices support these cards? I have not heard much about these cards or devices supporting them.
What we'll see over the next two to five years:
OCAP - Open Cable Application Platform - What this means) essentially, television service providers which offer 'pay for' services will be able to, via OCAP standards, embed program descrambling information within the video stream as opposed to being bound to using a proprietary data stream outside of the video stream. This in turn means that if you have ANY device which is OCAP compliant be it a TV, Daewoo cable box with 5 HDMI outputs and 2 360GB HDD's, a computer with a QAM tuner, etc. they will all be able to process scrambled video and display content which you pay for. This must accompany a form of return data delivery to the headend which may or may not be proprietary. The possibility does exist to operate in a continued one-way fashion, but there would be little advantage to that.
MoCA - Multimedia Over Coax Alliance - What this means) a next gen delivery path for data whether it is IP internet, VOIP or video. This technology is a true implementation of two way communication which can exceed 100Mbps. This communication occurs over your existing in home coaxial cable and presents no interference to traditional linear RF signals. In addition to this technology supporting what you'd think it would interface with, consider a MoCa compliant refridgerator, oven, microwave, printer, telephone, iPod, stereo, multi-disc CD/DVD player, lighting system and on and on. MoCA will reduce the need for running new CAT5 wiring in a home as the home would generally have more cable drops than CAT5. It is more reliable than 802.11x.
When combining OCAP and MoCA, what you will see is a standards compliant approach to integrating the technologial furnishings you own and those furnishings which are yet to be developed. OCAP's use of MoCA as a return path to a service provider enables true, flexible and standard two way communication for continued interactivity and control over both your furnishings and the content for which you subscribe. The bottom line is this, OCAP will allow you to receive the 'pay for' content wherever you want to see it (cable box, computer, refrigerator screen while you're eating you fruit loops) and MoCA will provide that open standards delivery path to communicate with the MSO and the rest of the world. Who ever thought their refrigerator would automatically place a peapod order every Friday night at 11:30 using cable and a shopping list stored in their SD card. Check out your available beer in your fridge before you leave work using MoCA to you fridge's web server.
"I gotta upgrade my fridge's SD card memory size because it doesn't allow me to to store all the beer brands I have defined in my random order selection que (there's full screen jpegs of each bottle in a 360 degree view)."