Tag Archives: CableCARD

The Integration Ban: A 90% Penalty

Yesterday, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) introduced bipartisan legislation to remove the FCC’s integration ban, while maintaining the FCC’s ability to regulate set-top boxes in the future. This is an important piece of legislation for the future of in-home technology and we’ve written about it before on Cable Tech Talk. What […]

What You Need to Know About the Integration Ban

Right now, inside your cable set-top box is a CableCARD – a device about the size of a credit card that is inserted into the box and decrypts the content delivered to your home so that you can receive the channels you subscribe to. But the set-top box itself was originally designed to perform this exact same function without using a separate piece of costly equipment. […]

The Integration Ban: A Rule Past its Prime

Right now, inside your cable set-top box is a CableCARD – a device about the size of a credit card that decrypts the content delivered to your home so that you can receive the channels you subscribe to. The strange thing is that the set-top box itself was designed to perform this exact same function. You have both a set-top box and CableCARD because of […]

It’s a Trap!

The FCC is considering a change in its rule on basic tier encryption, which currently requires cable systems to provide their basic service tier “in the clear.” There’s been quite a lot of public discussion of the issue this month and some of the elements can be confusing. We thought it would be helpful to […]

Boxee to Consumers: More Service Calls for You

Boxee should be applauded for their creativity.  For years, they have proudly touted their service as the ultimate answer for consumers who want to “cut the cord” and cancel their cable or satellite service.  We disagree with their premise, but it’s a free country. But in recent weeks, Boxee seems to have changed its tune.  […]

Improving the CableCARD Regime

CableCARDs will again be a topic of discussion in D.C. this week as the FCC on Thursday is expected to approve some revisions to the CableCARD rules, smart-card like devices which facilitate the ability of retail  cable-ready “video navigation devices” to access cable services. We largely agreed with the proposals the Commission made in its […]

CableCARDs on the FCC’s Agenda

The FCC has released its tentative agenda  for its next open meeting scheduled for October 14 (“FCC Tees Up CableCARD Fixes”).  Among the items to be addressed is a revision of the FCC’s CableCARD rules with respect to “video navigation devices” for cable services. The meeting is almost three weeks off, but it’s probably worth […]

The Switch to Switched Digital Video

Several major cable operators are making new deployments of switched digital video – see here and here – which provides a timely opportunity to explain how SDV works and how consumers will benefit. Standard cable service, both analog and digital, works on a “broadcast” model, in which every available channel is sent to every subscriber […]

Cable Tackles Title II (and more)

During The Cable Show last week, Light Reading’s Jeff Baumgartner interviewed NCTA President & CEO Kyle McSlarrow. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski had spoken earlier that day (coverage here) and so Jeff asked Kyle about proposed Title II regulation of broadband. They also discussed the AllVid NOI and the CableCARD fix (see this previous post for […]

A Bit about the Box

In the early days, cable television didn’t use set-top boxes, since only over-the-air broadcast channels were being carried. With the advent of cable programming, which was transmitted on midband frequencies, came the initial wave of basic converter boxes that were necessary to convert the cable feed to an analog RF signal so it could be […]