CableCARD: What You Need to Know

There is definately a love hate relationship going on with CableCard. We love the fact it will bring us integrated Digital PVR loving to HTPC and TIVOs but we hate it because of the DRM, and the control the cable cos have over it. As always, EH has a great article/primer up about CableCards.

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Next to arrive, perhaps in 2008, will be CableCARD 2.0-based interactive host devices. However, interactive TV features will require buying a new 2.0-compatible TV (or new device/card for your PC). Storozum notes that CableCARD 2.0 MCards will work with these new TVs and PCs, but they are not required. In theory, says Storozum, you will be able to use CableCARD 1.0 single-stream cards (SCards) with interactive CableCARD 2.0 TVs/PCs, but you won't receive multiple channels at the same time.