cable card 1.0 has been around for quite a while, and you're still trying to figure out interoperability?
regardless of what you are doing, the fact is that cable companies have made it very difficult to get cable cards for consumer devices, consumer electronics companies have been reluctant to sell devices with them enabled, and most consumers don't even know they exist.
During the Episode 307 (9/7/2006), Molly said that cable companies don't want to support cable cards. Now just hold on a second there oh blonde one originating from the Mid-West... Not true!
I've spent MONTHS of my life working on the next generation of cable boxes that all use a... wait for it... an OCAP-compliant cable card. (OCAP = OpenCable Applications Platform)
And let me tell you, it's been excrutiating! We're having to re-design and re-think how we deliver all interactive content.
Motorola makes a cable card, and Scientific Atlanta makes one, too. And both make their own cable boxes, but neither work in the other. And Samsung wants to utilize SA's cable card, but not Moto's...Panasonic likes Moto, but not SA... And PACE... well who knows what they want to play with.
Bottom line, it's taking a budget of HUUUuuuge (say HEW-ge) propotion, tons of people-power, massive amounts of Tylenol, and enough meetings to make Dilbert's boss proud.
Yes, Veronic, I've seen the future of interactive television (it's sitting in my cubicle every day, with a baseball bat next to it in the corner when it crashes)... and while it isn't going to be easy, it'll be pretty darn nice.
Love the podcast and the show on my TiVo...