[opendtv] Re: News: CableCARD Combat Continues

  • From: John Willkie <johnwillkie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2006 18:03:40 -0800 (GMT-08:00)

ha-ha.  so, a little more time will save consumers $2-3 per month?  

And, don't cable carriers have a direct economic incentive (unlike broadcasters 
who only have costs) to implement digital tv?

John Willkie

-----Original Message-----
>From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
>Sent: Nov 6, 2006 6:53 AM
>To: OpenDTV Mail List <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: [opendtv] News: CableCARD Combat Continues
>
>http://www.tvtechnology.com/dailynews/one.php?id=4363
>
>Date posted: 2006-11-03
>
>CableCARD Combat Continues
>
>The cable industry is pulling out all the stops to avoid the 
>integration ban--an 8-year-old law that directs cable companies to 
>separate security functions from set-top boxes, so the devices can be 
>sold by retailers.
>
>By July 1, 2007, cable set-tops have to be compatible with a 
>"CableCARD," which does the security and descrambling functions now 
>done in integrated boxes leased by cable companies. The industry has 
>won several waivers on the integration ban, but recent efforts to 
>extend it further have failed. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. 
>Circuit upheld the ban in August.
>
>There are currently around 200,000 CableCards on the market. The 
>cable lobby says the industry doesn't mind supporting CableCARD 
>boxes, but it doesn't want to be forced to switch out all the 
>integrated legacy boxes already in homes.
>
>On Halloween, cable lobby chief Kyle McSlarrow appeared on Capitol 
>Hill as the Voice of Doom, saying the integration ban could 
>jeopardize the very digital TV transition. McSlarrow drew the 
>peculiar parallel in a letter addressed to U.S. Department of 
>Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Acting Assistant Secretary of 
>Commerce for Communications and Information John Kneuer and the FCC.
>
>"At a time when Congress and the administration have made the digital 
>transition a national priority and when one government agency is 
>preparing to subsidize 'over-the-air households' to the tune of $40 
>for each digital-to-analog converter, it is incomprehensible that 
>another government agency should simultaneously force consumers to 
>pay $2 to $3 per month per box more for leased set-top boxes that 
>will help facilitate the digital transition for millions of viewers 
>without any government subsidy," the letter said.
>
>Several cable network heads weighed in as well, imploring FCC 
>Chairman Kevin Martin to give the industry just a little more time.
>
>"As programmers, we also have strong views about this rule because we 
>believe its implementation will adversely affect our ability to 
>provide new and innovative content and services to cable customers," 
>wrote the chiefs of the Weather Channel, Showtime, Discovery, BET, 
>ESPN, MTV, Turner, Oxygen, BET, A&E, TV One and the NBC cablers.
>
>NCTA filed a waiver with the FCC in August requesting deferral of the 
>integration ban until a new downloadable security technology is 
>deployed by cable operators, or Dec. 31, 2009 if downloadable 
>security is not deployed by then.
>
>Consumer electronics makers and other potential competitors say 
>enough already. TiVo has asked the FCC to "examine closely the 
>CableCARD cost figures being cited by the cable industry, since the 
>figures appear high and are not adequately explained in the record."
>
>�2006 IMAS Publishing Group
> 
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