[mythtv-users] cablecard options - Comcast killed open QAM - no more MythTV?

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Wed May 5 21:22:35 UTC 2010

On 05/05/10 16:57, Rob Comstock wrote:
> Is there any sign that a cableCARD tuner may be on the horzon (even a
> far horizon) for
> mythtv in particular and linux in general?

CableCARD is a DRM scheme, and as with all DRM schemes relies on
obfuscation to be able to both give the user the keys, and not allow
them to use them.  No open source program will ever be able to support
DRM, as it can just be recompiled to disable the parts blocking
unconditional user access.  The only way a linux program could get
licensed support for CableCARD is if nVidia/AMD provided a way to send
encrypted video straight into the video card for decryption, decoding,
and output.

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