FCC Fines Big Cable for Ditching TiVo Owners

Ars reports that the FCC has bitch slapped cable companies that adopted the new switched digital video (SDV) CableCard protocol because, as we discussed in the spring, it totally left TiVo owners hanging. Cable companies say they should be free to do whatever they want with hardware; the FCC says, well, you still… » 10/17/08 8:05pm 10/17/08 8:05pm

CableLabs Responds to CableCard Screwjob Allegation

The good folks at CableLabs replied to today's piece about CableCard customers getting screwed out of HD channels. To their credit, they did not ask for a correction, because we didn't print anything inaccurate (though they do claim the HD Guru may have). They just wanted us to consider some "clarifications,"… » 4/17/08 8:45pm 4/17/08 8:45pm

CableCard Users Are Getting Screwed Out of HD Channels

Our friend Gary Merson, the HD Guru, has uncovered an issue that may soon piss you off. Cable customers who use the current CableCard to decode signal directly in their TV, a TiVo or Windows Media Center PC may soon start losing HD channels because of a change in technology. To conserve bandwidth, cable carriers are… » 4/17/08 12:40pm 4/17/08 12:40pm

Panasonic Kills Rear Projection, Promises 2-Way CableCard By Summer

Today in New York, Panasonic showed off the Viera flat-panel TVs it launched at CES, including its badass flagship PZ800 and PZ850 plasma sets and its premiere LZ800 LCD, all coming this summer at prices to be announced. During the meeting, Panasonic also confirmed officially that it was no longer in the… » 3/11/08 11:47am 3/11/08 11:47am

$300 TiVo HD Unboxed and Fondled (Verdict: Hell Yes!)

If you've been saving up your nickels to get a $800 TiVo Series3, you just got yourself a $500 bonus prize. Today TiVo releases the TiVo HD, a scaled-back version of the original Series3 that lists for just $299. We got our hands on one, and managed the even more complicated task of convincing Cablevision to install… » 7/24/07 12:01am 7/24/07 12:01am

Cable Companies To Charge More For Box Rental, Thanks To CableCard

The good news is, as of July 1 cable companies are required to ship new cable boxes that use new bi-directional CableCards, a move mandated by the FCC to support CableCard-based alternatives such as TiVos and Vista Media Center PCs. The bad news is: Everybody's gonna pay for it. By next January, set-top box rentals… » 7/05/07 11:00am 7/05/07 11:00am

S1Digital Joins CableCard Media Center Bonanza in Early May

Now that ATI's CableCARD problems are fixed and CableLab's five-week certification process is almost done, more companies are jumping in on offering CableCARD-compatible media centers. The latest is S1Digital, which just announced that they will offer Media Centers and Servers with HD DVD and Blu-ray playback, 1080p… » 4/25/07 8:00pm 4/25/07 8:00pm

CableCard, Your PC and You: Someday the Twain Shall Meet

Someday you'll be able to record cable TV shows on your computer. But that's not going to happen until you can somehow plug a CableCard into it, that PC Card that lets you receive encrypted digital cable programming without the need for a set-top box. There's one catch, though. Behind-the-scenes rumblings tell us that… » 2/01/06 8:04am 2/01/06 8:04am