BOCR CableCARD Tuners (M-Card) Coming Soon From Ceton Corp?
I’ve talked about OCUR being
an open spec before, the idea that anyone can actually build them assuming
they want to play around with CableLabs.
I’ve also talked about Bidirectional
OpenCable Receiver (BOCR) before, the idea being new CableCARD tuners will
work with two-way communication and have M-Card capability so you only need a
single “tuner” and CableCARD to end up with a dual tuner PC.
It appears the first BOCR might be coming sooner than I
thought, and even better appears to be a non-ATI product. Ceton Corp has a page up
about their M-Card Cable Tuner Card for Microsoft Vista and it looks like a
winner. Set to feature dual ATSC tuners
and dual CableCARD tuners (with M-Mode support), you will be able to record two
programs at once without the need for two separate CableCARD tuners.
Update: Ceton will have two tuners. The first to be released
will be an MOCUR or M-Card OCUR. This adds "multi-tuner" abilities by
using M-Card to tune two (or more) channels at once. Then, they will
also have a BOCR as described in the rest of this post. MOCURs are not bidirectional.
CableLabs restrictions will still be in place, so don’t
think this will be a free for all tuner that will magically work with your
system (we can all keep dreaming though). No other information is avaiable on Ceton Corp's website, but I have e-mailed asking about a potential release date and price as well as upgrade paths from current CableCARD PC (Which I
also covered here.)
BOCR Details Emerge from Ceton Corp