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cable-ready is obsolete

On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 10:36:04PM -0400, Tom Metro wrote:
> What do non-cable company DVRs do to address this? Some TiVOs use 
> CableCard, no? Do they also use IR blasters? Getting HD reliably from a 
> cable box is yet another challenge.

All the TiVos currently being sold use CableCard. TiVo was (and
probably still is) the largest group of non-cableco-supplied
CableCard using devices.

When I got a TiVo HD a few years ago, it was the first CableCard
installation that the Comcast installer had ever done. In the
box was a large glossy sheet of cartoon-illustrated instructions
for him.

When I switched to RCN a year or so later, it was the first
CableCard install that the RCN installer had ever done.

> Supposedly DVR usage is getting up near 20%[1][2], though that's 
> inclusive of the DVRs the cable company supplies. If most are using 
> cable company DVRs, then I guess there won't be many complaints.

The Supreme Court recently allowed the CableVision decision to
stand; I expect most cablecos to start implementing centralized
DVR systems (no local storage) immediately.


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