[mythtv-users] hdtv from a cable box

Dean Collins Dean at collins.net.pr
Thu Jul 28 20:28:31 EDT 2005

It's off topic but if you want there are a heap of links about cablecard
and cablelabs in a white paper I wrote for a project I was looking to
start a while back (I decided to can the project after meeting with
cablelabs - they are a pain in the butt self serving user group who are
only interested in looking after their own).

Basically cablelabs is trying to convince the fcc to cancel the
cablecard mandate (due July next year - was due last year) and replace
it with software based solution that every tv manufacturer will need to
change their ic's to meet (in other words they are stalling the fcc with
a 'oasis of the future'.


shame that technology is just going to pass the archaic cable networks
by and they wont even know what opportunity they missed.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org [mailto:mythtv-users-
> bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Michael T. Dean
> Sent: Thursday, 28 July 2005 8:02 PM
> To: Discussion about mythtv
> Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] hdtv from a cable box
> Bruce Pennypacker wrote:
> >tgate wrote:
> >
> >>>I am not sure if it is something I would plan a MythTv
> >>>system around.  Different areas probably have different results.  I
> >>>assume they're working on locking it down everywhere though.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>Unbelievable.  I really don't understand why content creators or
> >>providers can not simply offer a "decryption license" for their
> >>media.  I'm happy to pay for HBO or Cable.  Why should I be forced
> >>buy a lousy TiVo or other DVR when I can build a myth setup.
> >>
> Forced to buy is a good thing.  It means that vendors (i.e. the
> satellite or cable company) can sell or lease you a product you don't
> want (i.e. the TiVo or cable-company DVR) because it's the only way to
> get a product you do want (HBO or cable).
> >>In fact
> >>a decryption license would open the doors for people who only have
> >>internet access.  It would completely open up distribution for them.
> >>
> >>Sorry for the rant.  For the better part of a year now I've been
> >>searching for a way to make mithTv work for me.  It's great.
> >>just so much working against it.
> >>
> >>
> >Isn't this what the smart-card that come cable companies are now
> >offering is supposed to deal with?  You rent a smart-card rather than
> >the entire cable box and stick the card into whatever cable box you
> >desire.  I think they're are PC cards in the works to support this as
> >well, but unfortunately I forget what it's all called.
> >
> >
> CableCard.
> Guess how many Linux drivers there will be.  And, care to guess how
> information will be provided on how the CableCard works (security
> through obscurity).
> Oh well, at least there aren't any draconian laws to prevent reverse
> engineering the technological protections designed to safeguard
> copyrighted material--if there were, it would be a Dreadful
> Media-Conglomerate Advantage (DMCA) over consumers.
> Mike
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