More CableCARD Information | From Velocity Micro
Chris Morley, Director of Product Development at Velocity
Micro posted a few things at AVS today
here) about CableCARD based systems.
Below is a quick summery, most of which confirm what I have been saying
the past few months here and at The Green Button.
- PC OEM’s don’t
have to pay a bunch of fees to Cable Labs. Licensing fees and other stuff was
taken care of by AMD/ATI for their tuner.
- You can’t build
your own CableCARD system.
- Have to sign an
agreement with Microsoft and then send a compliance letter to Cable Labs.
- Going to have to
have special Vista COA's that have keys for digital cable.
- BIOS has to be
modified to identify the PC as a digital cable ready system
system will dial into CableLabs servers to authenticate that the key from
Microsoft is in an acceptable range and will tell them which manufacturer it
came from (every 90 days to verify that it's authorized)
- CableLabs, two
tuners is the limit.
- If you buy a
system that is “Digital Cable Ready” and compliant, if you can get your hands
on a TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner - it SHOULD work just fine. You just have to find someone that actually
is going to sell the tuner itself.
Pretty much everything I have been saying for the past few months.