Originally Posted by rtbond
It is my understanding that CableCard technology is still limited to 1-way services (i.e., traditional broadcast services (premium and non-premium channels) and telephone PPV).
2-way CableCard operations is not likely until late 2008
CableCard 1.0 already has bi-directional support. CableCard 2.0 simplys adds multi-tuner support, eliminating the need for multiple CableCards to support multiple tuners.
Current CableCard implementations in TVs and third-party boxes (like the Tivo Series3) use uni
directional OpenCable receivers. These "one-way" receivers cannot access guide information [from cable company], interactive services, VOD, or channels delivered using Switched Digital Video (SDV) technology. This is a limitation of the receiver, not the CableCard. That will all change next year.
Beginning in 2008, you will see televisions start to implement bi
directional digital tuners with OCAP in their TVs. With these TVs, you will simply plug the access card (CableCard) into the back of your display, and it will provide you full access to every channel and service you get with a set-top box. You will get the program guide with the same interface you get on the set-top box. By 2010, they probably won't even sell >$1000 TVs without this functionality.
Originally Posted by rtbond
I believe that if you purchase a CableCard-capable STB and use it in conjunction with your cable provider's CableCard you are limited to 1-way services only - no interactive program guide and no video-on-demand.
FCC mandate (also known as the "integration ban") prohibits most cable systems from deploying new STBs and DVRs with integrated encryption systems (CAS) after July 1. Existing customers can continue using the old equipment, but beginning in July, new installations must use STBs and DVRs with CableCard. These boxes aren't the traditional uni
directional CableCard products we've seen in the past; these CableCard products feature full bi
directional receivers with OCAP. They support every feature -- the guide, VOD, PPV, SDV -- of current boxes, but they use a CableCard to decrypt channels.
Motorola's new CableCard+OCAP product lineup
Motorola DCH100 - An all-digital, standard-definition (SD) interactive cable set-top with an integrated MoCA home networking interface.
Motorola DCH200 - A standard-definition interactive digital cable set-top with support for analog services.
Motorola DCH3200 - An all-digital, high-definition interactive cable set-top.
Motorola DCH6200 - A high-definition interactive digital cable set-top with support for analog services.
Motorola DCH3416 - An all-digital, high-definition digital video recorder and interactive cable set-top with a standard 160 GB hard drive for storage of content.
Motorola DCH6416 - A high-definition digital video recorder and interactive digital cable set-top with support for analog services and a standard 160 GB hard drive for storage of content.
Back in January, Comcast announced an order for thousands of new DCH3200 and DCH3416 boxes. All new customer installations after July 1 will use these new CableCard boxes, as required by law.
Motorola won't support DCAS until 2008.