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The [[Cable Card]] is a standard for removable encryption keycards created by [[Cable Labs]], the industry research and development of the CATV industry.
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{{Wikipedia}}[[CableCARD]] is a standard for removable encryption keycards created by [http://www.cablelabs.com/ CableLabs], the industry research and development of the CATV industry.  Its goal was to permit users to purchase any device they liked to receive the digital and pay cable services they subscribe to, without having to get that device from their cable service provider.
  
Its goal was to permit users to purchase any device they liked to receive the digital and pay cable services they subscribe to, without having to get that device from their cable service provider.
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For several years, this system was heavily restricted with the unspoken intent to prevent manufacturers from producing 3rd party devices capable of interfacing with digital cable systems. There were only a handful of devices ever authorized, including one tuner card, several TVs, and higher end TiVos. In late 2009, the FCC declared CableCard a failure, and under threat of having to replace all their existing hardware under a potentially less favorable system, the restrictions were lightened, resulting in three tuners now available for use with MythTV: the [[Silicondust HDHomeRun Prime]], the [[Hauppauge WinTV DCR-2650]], and the [[Ceton InfiniTV 4]].
*http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/article.asp?section_id=2&article_id=679
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*http://www.pcworld.com/digitalworld/article/0,aid,117587,00.asp
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*http://www.timewarnercable.com/corporate/products/digitalcable/cablecard.html
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Will this allow me to access (record) programs from my cable tv provider without a settop box? Which cable tv providers support [[Cable Card]]?
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== Copy Control Information (CCI) ==
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While MythTV can record from the above devices, the CableCard system is still a DRM implementation, and since MythTV cannot support DRM, it is only allowed to access those shows the tuner deems as DRM-free. What content this actually ends up being depends on your cable provider.  Ronald Frazier has started collecting information on what areas should have what channels available to record, and has tabulated it [http://www.ronfrazier.net/mythtv/cci/index.php here].
  
It would, if anyone manufactured a QAM compatible digital cable tuner card that took a [[Cable Card]] -- currently, no one does that I can discern.
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* [http://www.cetoncorp.com/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/2/0/copy-protection-flags Ceton on copy protection flags]
  
It is, alas, unlikely that anyone *will* before the [[Broadcast Flag]] rule -- which would make such a card essentially useless -- goes into effect, Jul-01-2005.
 
  
Um, isn't the [[Broadcast Flag]] rule only for HD programs? --[[Tyler Drake]]
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== See Also ==
  
 
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* [[Recording_Digital_Cable#Option_4:_CableCard_Tuner|Recording Digital Cable]]
 
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* [http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/mythtv/users/487707 Mailing list thread discussing CCI database]
 
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* [[Image:Pdf.gif]] [http://www.opencable.com/downloads/specs/OC-SP-CCIF2.0-I04-060126.pdf CableCARD Specifications]
*&* New Addition to Cablecard
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FCC have recently pushed back the deadline for Cablecard to the 1st of July 2007. Having said that the FCC have indicated both publicly and privately that this date will be stuck to and not negotiable. In addition this date may be moved forward should the FCC feel that the cable companies are being obtuse in bringing this about.
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The future of Myth TV will be greatly improved by a cablecard integration.
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If anyone is working on this please contact me as I may have some funding available for this specific development.
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Cheers,
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Dean
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CableCARD is a standard for removable encryption keycards created by CableLabs, the industry research and development of the CATV industry. Its goal was to permit users to purchase any device they liked to receive the digital and pay cable services they subscribe to, without having to get that device from their cable service provider.

For several years, this system was heavily restricted with the unspoken intent to prevent manufacturers from producing 3rd party devices capable of interfacing with digital cable systems. There were only a handful of devices ever authorized, including one tuner card, several TVs, and higher end TiVos. In late 2009, the FCC declared CableCard a failure, and under threat of having to replace all their existing hardware under a potentially less favorable system, the restrictions were lightened, resulting in three tuners now available for use with MythTV: the Silicondust HDHomeRun Prime, the Hauppauge WinTV DCR-2650, and the Ceton InfiniTV 4.

Copy Control Information (CCI)

While MythTV can record from the above devices, the CableCard system is still a DRM implementation, and since MythTV cannot support DRM, it is only allowed to access those shows the tuner deems as DRM-free. What content this actually ends up being depends on your cable provider. Ronald Frazier has started collecting information on what areas should have what channels available to record, and has tabulated it here.


See Also