Join Date: May 2002
Location: Toronto, Rogers, 9865 & 8300-eHDD, Panasonic TCP65S1, Denon AVR4310Ci; Sony KDL40W3000, 9865
Had the CableCARD scenario in the US been positive, we would have probably seen them up here, however, it was anything but positive for several of the following reasons.
1. Compatibility initially was a huge issue creating much work and many headaches for the provider.
2. This placed cable companies at a disadvantage from a $ (not feature) standpoint since it cost them billions, yes Billions to try to make the technology work, while Sat simply supplied their STBs to customers.
3. CableCARD was not initially two-way, therefore was incompatible with IPGs, VOD, SDV, cable diagnostics like remote signal strength measurements, etc.
4. If anything went wrong, there was "finger pointing" by the cable companies which then had to diagnose an issue outside their typical scope.
5. After spending Billions, I believe less than 1% of customers asked for, or used CableCARD and the cost was much higher than even giving away STBs. There was an article, that I can't find right now, that discussed the costs.
6. CableCARD cost the 99% of people who didn't need the technology money too because TVs, etc needed to be built with the technology. What a waste!
6. By the time there was two-way - necessary for proper cable operation, CableCARD had given way to yet another technology - Tru2Way, which also died on the vine.
Time for the 1% or fewer to give up on this.
I agree, it would be nice to have this for an HTPC, TiVo, or perhaps a wall-mounted TV that had no other inputs, however, the vast majority of applications are not such and I don't see why the vast majority should subsidize the few who have a hankering for this.
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