Show Me the M-Card!
Unless the FCC decides to grant MSOs waivers on some low-end set-top models with integrated security or reverses any earlier decisions to decline those waivers, cable consumers will be seeing a lot more Multistream CableCARDs, or M-Cards, (the removable card that authorizes a customer to receive cable services), and new digital set-tops outfitted with the CableCARD slot/interface.
I'm showing these off because Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) disclosed that it has started shipments of set-tops that support the CableCARD. (See Moto's Unit Connects in Q1.)
Scientific Atlanta (for CableCARDs and the set-tops that support them) and Pace Micro Technology (set-tops) will also factor heavily into how cable operators prepare to meet this important, albeit distracting, deadline.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News