[mythtv-users] FCC admits CableCARD a failure, vows to try something else

John Drescher drescherjm at gmail.com
Sat Dec 5 22:16:17 UTC 2009

> I'd guess Comcast knew perfectly well how to install the card, or at least
> some of their engineering staff did.
> They were hoping to make it enough trouble that you would give up and
> order an STB. It's well documented that the cable companies fought the
> CableCard concept tooth and nail, and continue to do so.

The first technician said had never installed a cable card and did not
seem to know what he was doing. He arrived with a broken one ended up
spending over 1 hour at my house calling tech support several times
only to find out the card did not work and for some unknown reason he
did not have a second card in his truck and could not get one that day
so we had to call to schedule a second install weeks later. The second
technician actually had installed one before but he still had problems
and had to call for tech support several times before it worked. Maybe
they were really trying to wear me down so they could give me a second
STB instead of the CableCard. Both technicians were definitely trying
to sell the STB. And one of the biggest selling points was ondemand.
The only problem is I have ondemand on the bedroom tv and I consider
it over 90% useless crap at the starter digital package that I have.
Actually they had some programming on that back when I ordered the
CableCard but now they are locking it down more of my access and thus
reducing its usefulness.


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