HP Drops CableCARD Again

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HP Drops CableCARD Again

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I can understand why they dropped after reading any of those "Just got a CC system, lets install it (with the help of two guys from MS, one from the manufacture and three from the Cable Co)" previews.

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It is still in its infany. I don't plan on buying into it until they either have two way communication in the systems so I can do on demand or the prices drop. If I can build a decent analog/ota system for under a grand then I should be able to add cable card for a few hundred more. Hopefully more OEMs jump on the CC wagon so competition brings the price down.

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Yeah I've just about given up on CC as a whole for the time being, regardless of manufacturer. Hopefully in a year or two the technology will have improved enough to where it's viable, but for now the setup is too complicated and CC seems too unreliable. Shame because I really wanted to love this, I hate cable boxes with a passion. A giant FLAMING passion.

*sigh*

7MC - Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 - Avermedia M780 - Dvico Fusion HDTV7 - Terk HDTVa - Xbox 360 S - Logitech Harmony 650 - Panasonic V10 - Onkyo HT-RC160

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These CC systems come across as ultra-expensive Tivo boxes.  If I can't replace any failed hardware anyway, I'd rather pay $800 for a Tivo box.  The primary reason for me wanting to get away from Tivo is because I can't easily replace anything that fails.

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skirge01 wrote:

These CC systems come across as ultra-expensive Tivo boxes.  If I can't replace any failed hardware anyway, I'd rather pay $800 for a Tivo box.  The primary reason for me wanting to get away from Tivo is because I can't easily replace anything that fails.

By failed hardware, I'm assuming you mean the motherboard and/or digital cable tuners themselves. Yeah I guess you'd need the OEM manufacturer to replace them, it's not as easy as you picking up a new part in the store and slapping it in there yourself. Yeah I can see that as a bit of an inconvenience. Personally, I've always preferred HTPC's over Tivo because there were no monthly fees as well as the fact that I was free to do more with my media.

My big gripe with the cost of a CC system really comes down to the fact that they aren't DIY. Even if you give a $200-300 cushion for the cost of a digital cable tuner, I could typically build a comparable system to an OEM offering for hundreds of dollars less. And with the introduction of Vista, I've already got my HTPC software built into the OS I'd use on a PC I'd have anyway, so there's no real extra costs involved.

7MC - Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 - Avermedia M780 - Dvico Fusion HDTV7 - Terk HDTVa - Xbox 360 S - Logitech Harmony 650 - Panasonic V10 - Onkyo HT-RC160

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Exactly my point!  I can do it for less and then I don't have to worry about waiting for someone else to fix it.  Yes, I can replace a hard drive in my Tivo, but not without taking the thing apart, putting the drives into another computer, booting up Linux and trying to fix it... all the while PRAYING that I don't lose my recordings and settings.

I can also replace the--proprietary--power supply.  But, LAN jack goes?  Screwed.  USB goes?  Screwed.  Mobo goes?  Screwed.  Card reader goes?  Screwed.  I'm completely dependent on DirecTV (which won't even give me another Tivo unit) or the few companies that sell parts or make repairs.  In all, I've spent about $1000 on my DirecTV HD Tivo.  When something fails, *I* want to be able to fix it as quickly as I choose to (via overnight from any internet store) using whatever part *I* choose.  And, I know that *I* will be putting top-notch parts in it.

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