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 need… » 10/17/08 8:05pm 10/17/08 8:05pm

TiVo Switched Video Tuning Adapters Appear at CableLabs

At long last, the SDV dongles that TiVo promised would arrive this year from Motorola and Cisco have been submitted to CableLabs for formal testing. For those unfamiliar, these little devices allow for two way communication between CableCard boxes and Cable Companies, so that only the needed programming data is sent,… » 5/19/08 7:16pm 5/19/08 7:16pm

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

TiVo-Compatible SDV Tuner May Enable Video on Demand

Remember the USB connector device we pointed at a couple days ago that could bring two-way cable communication? It be this Motorola USB SDV tuning resolver. Dave Zatz explains that this tuner, which will plug into the back of your TiVo in order to enable two-way communications between your box and the cable company,… » 11/30/07 3:20pm 11/30/07 3:20pm

TiVo Getting Switched Video Privileges For More Channels via CableCARD

TiVo and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) have announced a new external adapter that will bring switched video capabilities to CableCARD devices, such as series 3 TiVos. Due in the second quarter of 2008, this adapter will finally put good use to that spare USB connector found on new TiVos.… » 11/26/07 8:20pm 11/26/07 8:20pm