This time, trust us, it’s finally a CableCARD replacement

CableCARD has been being replaced for as long as I can remember (OK, not really, but it sure feels that way). Now I have heard rumors that this was coming, and it would be AWESOME if it did, but until it’s a bit more solid I’m not going to get excited. Could just be another RVU…


What if, instead of renting a set-top box from your cable company, you could get all your TV channels and online video services delivered to a single device that you only pay for once?

The Federal Communications Commission could make it happen, consumer advocacy groups say. “An open set-top box market is a key component of freeing consumers from unnecessary monthly rental fees, and it would enable them to more easily access online video content right alongside their subscription TV programming,” the groups said in a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday. The letter was written by Common Cause, Demand Progress, Free Press, Fight for the Future, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, New America’s Open Technology Institute, and Public Knowledge.

Ars Technica

  • A cable card w/tuning adapter

    A cable card w/tuning adapter runs $2.50/month for me.  It + a hdhomerun prime was highly cost effective.  I wonder what the upfront costs of a new 3x runner + this method would run and how cost effective it would be.

  • Too little, too late.

    Too little, too late.

    It would have been nice to have some type of decoding hardware (cable-card slot?) built in to the current crop of TVs. Nowadays, the QAM tuner is pretty much useless in all major markets.

  • Maybe this will make

    Maybe this will make Microsoft think about bringing back the eHome team and staring up a new Windows Media Center for Windows 10….

    WIth all their services availabe for the Xbox one and 4K content starting to show up, it’s a perfect time for this tech to start up again.