[mythtv-users] e: so where can I buy a Cablecard Set Top Box?

Dennis Lou dlou99 at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 20 17:18:42 UTC 2007


From: Meatwad <meatwad.get.the.honeys at gmail.com>
>Victor Perez wrote:
>> I just had this thought: what if you just don't get the certification? 
>> What is stopping open source hardware makers from coming up with a 
>> cablecard compliant device is the difficulty of obtaining the 
>> certification so:
>> 
>> - Request the specs, they will give you a fight, on every roadblock 
>> complain to the FCC.
>> - Build the device and don't get it certified, just request a cablecard 
>> from the cable company. If they refuse, file complaints with the FCC. 
>> They may say "it's not certified" so what? It should work anyways, 
>> shouldn't it?
>> 
>> It may take a little bit of a fight but I think is doable. Now, any 
>> hardware makers up to the task?
>
>Sure, it's doable. But not legal without getting docsis approval. DMCA 
>issues would be the first to come to mind. If it's not legal, it won't 
>be available via US distribution.

Actually, CableCard exchanges signed certs.  If your slot (host) presents a cert to the card that is not signed by CableLabs, the card won't talk to you.

-Dennis




       
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