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The CableCARD is a standard for removable encryption keycards created by Cable Labs, 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.

FCC Deadline

FCC has recently pushed back the deadline for the requirement of the use of CableCARD to the 1st of July 2007. Having said that, the FCC has indicated both publicly, and privately, that this date will not be changed, and not negotiable.

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