CableCARD Rules Updated
If you built your own digital video recorder using SageTV
(future unknown since purchase by Google) or MythTV
on a PC to record cable TV, you have likely been frustrated by scrambled channels requiring either a set-top box controlled by an IR blaster, or one of the few receivers available with a CableCARD interface. CableCARDs have to be leased from the cable company and often require installation.
Under the new rules, effective Nov. 1, 2011
, cable operators will have to provide the means to allow subscribers to self-install CableCARDs. A home networking output must be included on high-definition set-top boxes (except for unidirectional, nonrecording set-top boxes) effective Dec. 1, 2012.
The other CableCARD rules in the Third Report and Order on Reconsideration
become effective July 25, 2011.
One of the tuners attracting a lot of interest from DVR builders is the SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime
, available later this year. It includes a CableCARD interface and sends digital programming over Ethernet to a PC or home network.