CableCARD Sharks

4:30 PM -- Quick CES question: How hard is it to find a good HDTV with a CableCARD slot?

I ask because of this dustup with the FCC's CableCARD rules. They're supposed to help consumers by allowing them to choose cable-ready TVs or cable operator provided set-tops.

Set-tops are ubiquitous. But set-top makers say there aren't that many good cable-ready TVs out there.

"It's difficult to find a good TV that accepts CableCARDs," says David Davies, Scientific Atlanta 's VP of strategy and product marketing.

I know. He's a bit of a biased source.

But he may be right. I've shopped for TVs recently and I'm inclined to believe him. The TVs most consumers look at first -- the ones that boast big screens for a meager price -- don't have CableCARD slots because the device makers were trying to cut costs.

Another question: Why does the cable-ready device have to be either a set-top or a TV? I've combed the CES floor for a DVD player, a TiVo, or some other set-top killer.

— Phil Harvey, Person of the Year, Light Reading

Cable Bigot 12/5/2012 | 3:16:39 PM
re: CableCARD Sharks The Series 3 is to have dual cable card slots on it. It will accept 2 CableCard 1.0 cards for recording 2 streams simultaneously or 1 CableCard 2.0 that can handle multiple sessions (the cards are supposed to be able to do more than 2 streams, but I don't know if the Tivo can).
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