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Are CableCards already obsolete?

carealtor
11-23-2009, 04:35 PM
When I bought my 55" Sony about 4 years ago it came with a cablecard slot. I never got a card because the HD DVR is right there. Now I'm shopping for a new TV for the bedroom. I thought it would be smart to get a TV with a cablecard slot, but they don't seem to be available any more. :mad::confused: Does everybody use a cable box at every TV? I'd like to avoid that and always thought a cablecard was the solution. TIA

oblioman
11-23-2009, 06:06 PM
Cable cards have not come to fruition for a number of factors. First is that they supply no dvr function and secondly is that they fail at vod. The third reason, left open for discussion, is that they don't supply the cable co's with the same monthly revenue that the set top box does. Cable co's have seemingly moved away from customer satisfaction and more towards revenue generation. :2cents

carealtor
11-24-2009, 04:02 PM
After hours of searching the web, it seems CableCard is dead. I couldn't find one single currently available TV with a cablecard slot. At least not in the 37" - 42" size range where I was primarily looking.
So I ask the question again: Does everybody use a cable box at every TV?

davecramer74
11-24-2009, 04:56 PM
After hours of searching the web, it seems CableCard is dead. I couldn't find one single currently available TV with a cablecard slot. At least not in the 37" - 42" size range where I was primarily looking.
So I ask the question again: Does everybody use a cable box at every TV?

Dish, directv, uverse and i believe FIOS all require boxes at your tv.

Legacy cable companies have started scrambling all of their channels as well, so you need a cable card to even get local cable now. They dont even offer their 15 dollar basic cable now. They wised up and are requiring a box like directv, att uverse and dish all do. Even if you dont get a box from them, they charge you a monthly fee on the cable cards. Cable cards are really meant for the DVR's. I dont think the tv companies found any benifit in adding them.

davecramer74
11-24-2009, 05:11 PM
there are alot of tv's available with cable card slots. Is it just the brand new ones that dont have them?

carealtor
11-26-2009, 11:02 AM
there are alot of tv's available with cable card slots. Is it just the brand new ones that dont have them?

I'm not really sure what the difference is between "available" and "brand new", but I've been looking at new ones and they don't have cablecard slots. Perhaps you could let me know where the "available" ones can be found?

Lee Stewart
11-27-2009, 10:00 AM
Not Many People Use Standalone CableCards

http://gizmodo.com/5371892/not-many-people-use-standalone-cablecards

Shark2k
11-27-2009, 11:47 AM
Dish, directv, uverse and i believe FIOS all require boxes at your tv.

Legacy cable companies have started scrambling all of their channels as well, so you need a cable card to even get local cable now. They dont even offer their 15 dollar basic cable now. They wised up and are requiring a box like directv, att uverse and dish all do. Even if you dont get a box from them, they charge you a monthly fee on the cable cards. Cable cards are really meant for the DVR's. I dont think the tv companies found any benifit in adding them.

But you can get CableCards from FiOS and probably Uverse also (not 100% sure as I have FiOS) and get a Tivo DVR and get a CableCard so that you can receive all your channels.

I think CableCard usage might increase a little starting next year when the first TV Tuner Cards that support CableCards get released. With Windows 7 allowing people to enable CableCard support, people will finally be able to make HTPCs that have way more storage than stand alone DVRs, so CableCards might see an increase.

-Shark2k

davecramer74
11-27-2009, 01:25 PM
I'm not really sure what the difference is between "available" and "brand new", but I've been looking at new ones and they don't have cablecard slots. Perhaps you could let me know where the "available" ones can be found?

goto google, click the shopping link. then search for Cable card tv's

Sykotic
11-29-2009, 10:11 PM
Cable card support from your local cable provider is required by the FCC. This doesnt mean that tvs are required to support them, just the cable provider. Series 3 tivos do support them, and all NEW cable boxes.

Lee Stewart
11-30-2009, 08:23 PM
Cable card support from your local cable provider is required by the FCC. This doesnt mean that tvs are required to support them, just the cable provider. Series 3 tivos do support them, and all NEW cable boxes.

What NEW cable boxes do you speak of? If you get your equipment from the cable co. on a monthly lease - what difference does it make?

Which CEM has introducerd a NEW cable STB?

jagg96
12-08-2009, 11:57 PM
i have a sony 50" w/ cablecard and wish all my tvs had cable cards. i live in midwest and the dvr boxes will add $17/month to tour bill a cable card is 1.99/month. all tvs should have this option. dvrs are the biggest waste now anyway every show is on the internet the next day anyway if u missed it. in hd

andie
12-09-2009, 10:50 AM
goto google, click the shopping link. then search for Cable card tv's


all i get is twitter..do u mean to go to best buy web site?

deadhead68
12-09-2009, 10:57 AM
all i get is twitter..do u mean to go to best buy web site?

No. Go here http://www.google.com/prdhp?hl=en&tab=wf and type Cablecard TVs in the search box.