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The Cable Industry Now Loves CableCard

January 12, 2009

There is a nice post at Law and Disorder about how the cable industry has come to prefer CableCard to the alternatives that it once championed. It turns out the alternatives were more expensive that they thought and CableCard was cheaper.

I wonder if there is any evidence that CableCard has become more reliable over the years—after all this was the primary reason for the FCC to mandate CableCard devices. The idea was that by making cable company provided set top boxes and third party cable tuners use the same technology that this would put everyone on an even playing field and encourage cable companies to make CableCard work reliably (because they would depend on it as well).

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