OCAP and CableCARD 2.0 Holding OEMs Back? Nope
wonders if OCAP and CableCARD 2.0 are holding OEMs back from releasing
CableCARD PCs. I say, no way. OCAP and CableCARD 2.0 are holding the whole
cable industry back, but they have the smallest amount to do with OEMs not
accepting and offering CableCARD.
Why would Dell, HP, Gateway, etc care if what they sell is
going to be obsolete? The reason these
guys are still in business is because a PC is obsolete the day they assemble
it. Obsolescence is their business, and
it’s a fact of the industry. More so,
with television technology set to change rapidly in the next few years, you
would need to apply to same concept to them selling NTSC tuners. Did any OEMs back away from selling NTSC
tuners in PCs year ago when they knew in 2009 the airwaves would go dead? There are dozens of other examples, but hardware
becoming obsolete is the last thing on these OEMs minds, and it is not the
reason for a lack of CableCARD options in PCs.
What is holding OEMs back?
I have no idea. Maybe they don’t
see the value anymore after failing with Media Center PCs over the past few
years. Maybe they are not interested in
the extra work signing a piece of paper and sending it to CableLabs. I don’t think we will know the real answer,
but I doubt OCAP and CableCARD 2.0 have anything to do with it.
The more interesting things that I have found and that Kevin
brings up in his post is that Dell sends out
review units of the XPS 410, but fails to release them to the public. Did they take Engadget’s review and really
look at it hard or is there another reason?
Still, no idea.
CableCARD has its problems, but I have no doubt that OCAP
and CableCARD 2.0 are not the issues holding up OEMs from shipping machines. If you are interested in what’s next for
CableCARD in Vista, stay