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