Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Are you plugged in to Cable Card?


If so, I want to hear from you, pronto by a posting here or email to rbmerrit@cmp.com Word is Cable Card could see a renaissance at the Consumer Electronics Show where I will be with waaaaaaay to many other people in Vegas next month.

The FCC has mandated all new set-top boxes shipping after July 1, 2007 must have Cable Cards slots. And I have reason to believe Windows Media Center PCs are eyeing Cable Card as a way to finally plug in to digital cable and maybe satellite services, now that Vista brings enough security to assure service providers to let their digital broadcast content flow.

If you are up to speed on this, I'd like to hear about the implementation and market issues for the one-way Cable Card 1.0 vs. the two-way version 2.0 and the software-based Open Cable Applications Platform. What are people choosing and why? Thanks!

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