FCC Votes to Change CableCARD Rules

Here’s a good writeup from the FCC’s meeting today, and good news that there’s still desire to improve (versus abandoning) CableCARD.

Those include ensuring that operators support accessing switched digital video by retail devices, prohibiting box price discrimination, requiring the option of consumer self-installation of the cards, giving consumers information on the cost of retail vs. leased boxes, making it easier to get retail devices to market by streamlining the testing and certification, modifying the firewire interface on leased set-top boxes to permit home networking, and allowing cable operators to provide basic HD boxes with integrated security functions.