More CableCARD Information | From Velocity Micro
My main man Chris Lanier posts some nice "inside" information from Velocity Micro, with some new information regarding cable cards. No matter how many times I see #2, it still always brings a tear to my eye.
OEM’s don’t have to pay a bunch of fees to Cable Labs. Licensing fees and
other stuff was taken care of by AMD/ATI for their tuner.
can’t build your own CableCARD system.
to sign an agreement with Microsoft and then send a compliance letter to
to have to have special Vista COA's that have keys for digital cable.
has to be modified to identify the PC as a digital cable ready system
system will dial into CableLabs servers to authenticate that the key from
Microsoft is in an acceptable range and will tell them which manufacturer
it came from (every 90 days to verify that it's authorized)
two tuners is the limit.
- If you
buy a system that is “Digital Cable Ready” and compliant, if you can get
your hands on a TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner – it SHOULD work just fine. You just have to find someone that
actually is going to sell the tuner itself.
Read the rest here.