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Bad news re: CableCARD

I've speculated before that CableCARD was going to reduce the value of WMC, today Chris Lainer posted some confirmation that CableCARD content will not play nice with others.

"just as with current CGMS-A protected content it [CableCARD content] can only be played back on the Media Center PC it was recorded on (inside of Media Center only, not in Windows Media Player) or a Media Center Extender."


"Another bit that you can not do with CableCARD recordings is convert them to go on portable devices (Zune, Portable Media Center’s, iPod’s, etc)."

I was disappointed when Microsoft announced that CableCARD was going to be an OEM only feature, but this is too much.  Removing the ability to do useful things to the content on your PC destroys the value of having it there in the first place; making the PC a "closed box", with none of the benefits of having a traditional "closed box" in your A/V stack.  If I "needed" CableCARD, I seriously consider a TIVO. 

I wonder how CableCARD users will react when they discover that they cannot archive, burn, place shift, edit, their dvr-ms content.



IanK said:

FWIW this issue with CableCard and MCE is a direct requirement from CableLabs. Wihtout it (and support for HDCP) there would be no CableCard at all on the PC, period. Ever. So you have two choices:

No CableCard

CableCard with DRM content.

Good luck getting your content off a CableCard enable TiVO as well, they are subject to the same certification process.

In the CableCard game Cablelabs holds all the cards.

February 14, 2007 1:25 PM

babgvant said:

As long as it's disclosed in bold type to everyone looking to buy a CC equipped PC, I don't have a problem with it (well a real problem anyway; from a consumer standpoint I think it's bs that Cable Labs gets to do that).  I would have liked to have CC, even if it weren't OEM only and restricted all the content I'd take a pass; as it stands it's useless to me.  If I wanted a closed box PVR, I wouldn't use a PC and put up with the idiosyncrasies of using a PC.

For me, the trade off b/w analog and digital recording is a no brainer.

February 14, 2007 2:57 PM

andy vt's blog said:

When MS announced that they were bringing DCTs to MediaCenter I was really excited; but of course that

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