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

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 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