I always felt that CableCARD was an over-engineed solution to what feels like a simple problem - essentially it ships a cablebox inside a card that can be inserted into another cablebox type thing - all to support the massive DRM based empire cable companies have built.
To me it seems like there are simpler and more cost effective solutions, and from what I've heard from people who've used CableCARDs - probably more reliable solutions.
I'm not surprised that they didn't catch on, but I am a little disapointed, because for all their faults, there was at least an attempt to make digital cable services interoperable.
Would be curious if you name any. Until content is available outside of cable networks (i.e. OTT streaming) I'm unaware of anything short of a power hungry Comcast like cable box that one would also have to rent.
The FCC PDF also mentions other devices, but doesn't elaborate.
That said I’ve run cablecard devices for years, on windows pc and tivo to this day, it’s been perfectly stable and reliable (but my market also doesn’t do any of the drm crap, so maybe that’s where it all goes to hell)
Great idea, terrible implementation.
What this suggested to me was my box rental (small increase over the cable card rental) and my viewing history were worth the price of those technician visits and tech support time. For me it was certainly worth it.
For the record, Tivo is one of the best television experiences. I did return the cablecard a year or two ago and use it OTA only.
Cable TV industry successfully lobbies Republican controlled FCC in an effort to kill an antiquated standard that did not allow for the collection and monetization of users’ viewing habits.
Now they just need to get rid of data caps - AT&T doesn’t have them with their gigabit plans ($70/month), but most people with cable plans aren’t so lucky.