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DirecTV and CableCard

by Shump_EA / April 28, 2007 10:27 AM PDT

Does anyone know if there is a technical hurdle preventing DirecTV from offering a cable card tuner?

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by Riverledge / April 28, 2007 11:12 AM PDT
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by stewart norrie / April 28, 2007 12:29 PM PDT
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If you have a hidef t.v. and a hi-def direct t.v. that just run a h.d.m.i./ cable from box to t.v. no problem stewe

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Cable Cards aren't dead yet...
by Shump_EA / April 28, 2007 1:37 PM PDT

First, I don't want another box -- let alone another remote.

Second, I have a TV and TiVo Series 3 that both support cable cards. I'd need 2 DirecTV boxes to drive the TiVo alone. And yes, I do prefer TiVo's UI over any I've seen from cable companies, not to mention the constantly expanding array of services (remote scheduling, TiVo to Go, Live365, podcasts, etc.) make it compelling.

Third, Cable Cards will be around for a while. FCC rules are actually making them more prevalent and most new cable boxes will end up having a card plugged in the back. That is until cable finalizes a software solution.

Is a cable card an ideal solution? No. But, it is part of the evolutionary process, is better than the clutter and wiring of multiple boxes, and slightly more elegant.

The question still remains -- is there a technical hurdle that prohibits DirecTV (or Dish Network for that matter) from offering a cable card solution?

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by masterying01 / April 28, 2007 3:07 PM PDT
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cable card can be used for many different cable companies.

directtv is just directtv and not everyone can get it like they could with cable. it requires an access card. it'll be a lot harder to make a "standard" access card thing cause dishnetwork and other satellite companies are SOOOOOOOOO different then direct tv.

a while back, RCA had a tube tv WITH an access card slot in it. it didnt sell too hot but i've had a few customers who bought it. if they are able to develope a cablecard like device that fits into standard cable card slots, but will let you slide in your access card might work pretty well. but dish companies are just sooooooo different from each'll be hard to incoorporate it into different tv's to be profitable.

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