TiVo Continues to Fight the Good Cablecard/Ingegration Ban Fight
More than ten years ago, Congress passed an act requiring cable companies to adopt the CableCard technology. The FCC has promulgated C.F.R. 76.1204(a)(1), requiring cable operators to implement CableCard technology into their set-top boxes. After failing in their court challenges to invalidate the law/rules, the cable industry has repeatedly asked for, and been given, extensions to deadline. Last year, the FCC mandated a final deadline of July 1, 2007 once and for all. In keeping with their stalling tactics, Charter, Verizon, Comcast and the NCTA have, again, requested varying waivers from this mandate. Since TiVo's Series 3 product relies on the cablecard standard, TiVo opposes these waiver petitions and is lobbying hard to thwart these requests so as to to firmly establish the Cablecard standard. I, for one, support TiVo whole-heartedly. Enough is enough.
Discussed here: TiVoCommunity
- FCC Chairman Declares No More Blanket CableCARD Waivers (January 12, 2007)
- TiVo Continues to Fight the Good CableCARD/Integration Ban Fight (October 19, 2006)
- CableCARD Primer (February 6, 2006)
- Microsoft and Cablelabs Agree on CableCARD Integration into Windows Media Center (November 16, 2006)
- FCC Releases 12th Annual Report on the Status of Competition in the Video Programming Market (March 3, 2006)