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Show Me the M-Card!

Here's some photo evidence of some supporting technology linked to the U.S. cable industry's "big distraction" -- the forthcoming July 2007 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ban on digital set-tops with integrated security. (See FCC to Comcast: 'No Waiver for You' and Comcast Appeals CableCARD Ruling.)

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

Michael Harris 12/5/2012 | 3:10:05 PM
re: Show Me the M-Card! It's logical Moto would offer an "M" card. Does that mean S-A will sell a "S" or "C" card? ;)
Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 3:10:04 PM
re: Show Me the M-Card! Yeah, Mot just got lucky with the fact that the industry went with the "M-Card" abbrev. for for the Multistream CableCARD
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