Its maybe obsolete so Cogeco, Videotron, Bell express vu and Shaw used this technologie. Here the goal is have the posibility to choose and have flexibility. If CableCard is obsolete a new technologie AllVid is in development at US. Okay IPTV so android tv, Smart tv and some receiver is able to used this technoloigie so if the provider dont give the IP adress or http conection and link mac adresse of this "box" (provider tv app) you have same problem no flexibilty and dont save money because you have to pay for receiver, The existing provider applications don't able to used like the tv receiver and some chanel are only available on some program. For 10 years, what has changed? no CableCard, no posibility to link your own reveiver etc. If nothing changes in CRTC laws no one has this posibility.
The technologie of cablecard is already used so provider dont have to invest on cablecard tehcnology and yes iptv is the newest technologie and these for its as I mention (AllVid is a IPTV, cable etc protocol who replace CableCard it used on any iptv technology) it in my last post. the request for CRTC is have the possibility for use the receiver you want (Android tv with iptv app like stbemu, smart tv with the app are already able to connect on iptv just put information or iptv receiver ) I talk about flexibility and choice. Now cablecard it used on many provider, if CRTC create law for the provider give cablecable or connect any receiver you buy at the future this law unlock many possibility. Today, providers who decide how you have access to your content, is it right for you?
Original CableCard discussions took place about 14 years ago in Canada.
Although they were mandated in the US around that time, the original CableCards had many faults and one of them was that they were not "two way", which is requried by most cable companies for SDV channels, signal measurements, On-demand, etc.
Then there were updated CableCards that were two-way, but by then it was too late since even with mandated CableCard in the US only about 1% of consumers utilized them and those that did often had problems because of compatibility issues.
Tru-2-Way was next around 2010 and it fell flat on its face due to lack of interest by all parties (customers and providers).
It is true that some Canadian Cable providers had STBs that had CableCards "in them", however, they were not for use in other ways, which is what some people wanted for their own recording/tuning devices.
As discussed in recent posts above, Cable companies now represent a much smaller percentage of overall customers with many customers using Satellite (which is also dropping in percentages), IPTV, OTT services, etc. Even Cable companies will be going IPTV and eventually probably to apps.
CableCard is a horse that died over 10 years ago and I'm amazed that people are still flogging it. It's dead Jim!
Turning off my snark for a moment...
I understand WHY people are 'flogging' CableCARD. Its not so much the technology, its the idea....the idea of device independence. People don't want to be tied into Rogers' equipment at what is seen to be a ridiculous rental cost.
For most people, CableCARD is the term most synonymous with this idea.
But, as long as there's a revenue stream to be had, there's no way Rogers is going to allow independent equipment on their network, not to mention the headache of trying to support someone's malware-riddled streaming HTPC.
I think the entire cablecard discussion will no longer be valid as IPTV seems to be the next trend. All you would need is coax in the home and a IPTV box that you would connect to your input source.