With digital cable w/ a receiver, you get more features, ie recording, pay-per-view, on demand, weather, special events, tv guide interactive menu, etc. With CableCard, you only get one way acess to digital cable (digital channels only).
I am wondering, since Hollywood is so concerned about allowing us to get a high quality digital copy of any movies or content, is the CableCard display a smart way to go?
Here are my thoughts. Once all of us buy into the CableCard (which basically replaces the cable receiver), cable/satellite companies won't need receivers any longer and one of your options have been taken away for recording. We will not be able to record any content (except maybe through a Tivo unit built into the display) for us to record and archive because there would not be an independent component which would allow us to hook up say a computer for recording content. The best example would be recording sporting events which will not be released on DVD anytime in the near future.
As some of you may know, I am finishing up a " how to build a home theater PC e book ", in which I detail programs and ways to record content that otherwise would be impossible with DVD recorders and VCRs because of CSS copyright protections. Anytime you purchase a pre-built home theater PC you are running the risk that the manufacturer has pre-programmed copyright protections into the system or only installed software that upholds copyright protections.
Anyway, by excepting the CableCard ready displays are we ultimately telling the powers that be, that we don't need or want a big old receiver if at all possible. I are we kicking ourselves in the longrun?
Look forward to your responses.
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