& cplSiteName &

Samsung Embraces CableCARDs

Mari Silbey
5/28/2013
50%
50%

Who says CableCARDs are a lost cause? Not Samsung Corp. , which is planning a new "Smart Media Player" set-top for the U.S. fall holiday shopping season (October through December) that will combine access to cable services with OTT video apps. The retail box will come with an embedded CableCARD and Samsung's own proprietary program guide, according to a report from Zatz Not Funny. The company is seeking an expedited waiver from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to let it forego the inclusion of an analog tuner. Samsung's waiver request is closely tied to similar requests by TiVo Inc. to pass over the shrinking analog cable TV market. Justifying its move, Samsung argues that "the type of customer interested in purchasing third-party retail set-top box equipment (particularly Internet-connected devices) also will have embraced digital cable." Further, Samsung says, "it will be only a few years until unique analog transmissions have disappeared entirely." The company estimates that a base analog tuner would cost approximately $10 to include in the new set-top. It contends that the tuner would drive up the retail cost of a new media player even more, due to design and production costs. Samsung says it would label and market its new media player appropriately to prevent consumer confusion over which cable services the device could support. Separately, Charter Communications Inc. recently received a waiver from the FCC allowing it to use embedded security again, rather than CableCARDs, in its new set-tops. (See Charter Awarded Set-Top Waiver.) Charter sought the waiver to help speed the development of downloadable conditional access technology, which it claims would be too costly to bring to market if it also had to support pricey CableCARD technology in hybrid boxes. Why this matters
The proposed new Samsung set-top would breathe new life into the retail CableCARD market. Ceton also recently launched new TV tuning hardware with CableCARD support. (See Ceton Boosts CableCARDs.) TiVo remains the only company to offer a retail CableCARD device with DVR functionality. — Mari Silbey, Special to Light Reading Cable

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
gconnery
50%
50%
gconnery,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/29/2013 | 6:19:50 AM
re: Samsung Embraces CableCARDs
"... would breathe new life into the retail CableCARD market". Perhaps COULD breathe new life. Even that of course is debatable at this point.
jtombes
50%
50%
jtombes,
User Rank: Light Beer
5/29/2013 | 2:15:07 AM
re: Samsung Embraces CableCARDs
CableCARDs? This is like a techno-horror film - the PCMCIA form factor that lives on and on. Interesting how the cable services enabled are unidirectional. Anything on-demand comes OTT.
Featured Video
From The Founder
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders grills Cisco's Roland Acra on how he's bringing automation to life inside the data center.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
March 20-22, 2018, Denver Marriott Tech Center
April 4, 2018, The Westin Dallas Downtown, Dallas
May 14-17, 2018, Austin Convention Center
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
SmartNICs aren't just about achieving scale. They also have a major impact in reducing CAPEX and OPEX requirements.
Hot Topics
The Anatomy of Automation: Q&A With Cisco's Roland Acra
Steve Saunders, Founder, Light Reading, 12/7/2017
Here's Pai in Your Eye
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading, 12/11/2017
Netflix Evaluating AI for Personalized Trailers
Aditya Kishore, Practice Leader, Video Transformation, Telco Transformation, 12/8/2017
You Can't Fix OTT Streaming Problems If You Can't See Them
Mike Hollyman, Head of Consulting Engineering, Nokia Deepfield, 12/8/2017
Animals with Phones
We're Gonna Need More Treats Click Here
You spent how much on this thing?!
Live Digital Audio

Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.

During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.

She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed