Friday, August 03, 2007

Embracing the CableCard - Pogue’s Posts - Technology - New York Times Blog#more-325

 Check this post for an update on CableCard progress.

Oh, hallelujah and praise be to the F.C.C. On July 1, a new F.C.C ruling went into effect. It says that, as this Times article puts it, “cable companies now have to supply set-top boxes that come with a removable CableCard.”

Haven’t heard of the CableCard? No wonder. The cable companies are, in general, doing everything they can to conceal its existence from you.

I received a letter from Comcast this week informing me that the price of its DVR service is going to $12.95 (from $9.95)/month due to "... the increased investments we're making in the technology."  With Verizon recently ripping up the edge of my front yard to install fiber, and with options such as CableCard-extended PCs now available, I plan to do regular comparison shopping -- I'm very tired of being extorted in the one-cable-box-per-device zone.

Embracing the CableCard - Pogue’s Posts - Technology - New York Times Blog#more-325

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