[mythtv-users] so where can I buy a Cablecard Set Top Box?

Victor Perez spectro at gmail.com
Fri Aug 17 22:08:22 UTC 2007

I just had this thought: what if you just don't get the certification? What
is stopping open source hardware makers from coming up with a cablecard
compliant device is the difficulty of obtaining the certification so:

- Request the specs, they will give you a fight, on every roadblock complain
to the FCC.
- Build the device and don't get it certified, just request a cablecard from
the cable company. If they refuse, file complaints with the FCC. They may
say "it's not certified" so what? It should work anyways, shouldn't it?

It may take a little bit of a fight but I think is doable. Now, any hardware
makers up to the task?

On 8/17/07, Bill Omer <bill.omer at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 8/17/07, Victor Perez <spectro at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I went HDTV a couple of weeks ago and picked up the cable's DVR until I
> > figured how to make mythtv to work with HDTV. Yesterday I got my cable
> bill
> > and my TV service pretty much doubled by adding HDTV tier and $14 for
> "DVR
> > service".
> >
> > I already got myth to get some HDTV through firewire so I am returning
> their
> > DVR this weekend but I will not have access to some of the channels I am
> > paying for, I care less for most of them but not having ESPN2HD and
> > (NBA games) is going to suck (ok, the chicks on HDNET's "Get out" are
> pretty
> > hot but they talk so much it gets old pretty quick)
> >
> > I looked all over the internet for retail Cablecard enabled STB and it
> seems
> > the cable companies have succeeded in keeping their STB monopoly
> regardless
> > of FCC regulations.
> >
> Your cable companies DVR is your cablecard set top box.  Currently
> there is no way to get an HDTV signal from the wall, unless is
> unencrypted.  You may be able to use QAM to get some channels, but it
> wont be the premiums.  You will probably get the same channels, if not
> more, from Off The Air.
> ATI did release a capture card with cablecard support earlier this
> year.  It's not being sold to the public yet I believe, and it's meant
> to only work with Microsoft's Media Center.  Hopefully in the near
> future we can have cablecard access in MythTV, but sadly right now,
> it's not possible.  Using firewire on your DVR from the cable company
> might be your best bet, unless you can live without the premium
> channels.
> -Bill
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