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FCC to require All Vid IP video adapters from cable and maybe satellite

Discussion in 'Legislative and Regulatory Issues' started by dvrblogger, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. Jeremy W

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    I have never heard this before, and the RVU website is pretty clear about the RUI technology being it:
    The UI must come from the server.
     
  2. JoeTheDragon

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    With the cable co you may be looking at 2015 or later.
     
  3. tkrandall

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    I understand it is an output standard that the providers would have to meet. My concern is could that in itself stifle innovation? If all providers must output in a common format, and be restricted to that as well (will they be?), inevitably that format might end up stale.... or otherwise limit innovation possibilities. Face it, one of the drivers of innovation is in thinking you have an edge on something via a new product development. What if some genius comes up with a great new idea but it would require deployment on a platform/protocol the FCC does not bless.... what then?

    Take cell phones for example. The fact that the U.S. did not adopt/mandate a common digital standard as did Europe has at times been annoying when it come to roaming and equipment portability, etc. But I would say the fact that the CDMA standard exists and has had commercial success probably forced the GSM world to take note and make progress they other wise would not have made, or at least not as quickly.

    I will be happy if my concerns are mis-placed.
     
  4. Movieman

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    I doubt it will be a problem. More than likely more funds will be focused on one target standard like in other technologies.

     
  5. harsh

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    MoCA is widely available for use with cable TV today. It may take time to integrate it into the STB, but you can use it NOW with an adapter.
     
  6. Jeremy W

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    I highly doubt he meant it literally.
     
  7. wavemaster

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    In software I see it all the time where we have to "standardize" with multiple platforms and in the end it is ALWAYS a dumbed down version of our original. Innovation will suffer due to the very nature of it, I don't see how it can't.

    In this platform I can do this.... In that platform I can't do this.... Result = scratch this

    <sigh> I suppose this could be a new day where the cable company's and everyone else in the industry will WANT what is best for the consumer and actually work toward that goal.... </sigh> I think I've seen FTARH too many times and am starting to get a contact hi.
     
  8. ndole

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    'Im sorry Mr. customer, but your sony-roku-tivo-netflix-directv client box has had some sort of tuner failure. I cant carry all of the 35 different brands and 117 individual types of receivers on my truck, so youre going to have to live without directv at this location until you go back to bestbuy and purchase another one for $200.00. Have a nice day.'
     
  9. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    No different than a few years ago when Directv used Sony, RCA, Hughes, and several other boxes. Wasnt a show stopper then. Dont see it as a show stopper in the future. Tech checks the dish signal, signal is good, tells customer his gateway has a problem. If DirecTv installed it, they will have the unit to swap it out with. If the customer bought his own third party unit, he has the option to deal with their tech support, or get you to install the DirecTv gateway in its place.
     
  10. Tom Servo

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    Back then a lot more people did (could do) their own installations. They'd buy the dish and a receiver at Wal-Mart or Circuit City and install it themselves. All the receiver purchases were done at the store level, whereas now most people probably get their stuff off the truck and don't know or care what model it is.
     
  11. Tom Robertson

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    We've enjoyed a spirited discussion about RVU/AllVid/CableCard 2 in a couple of DIRECTV thread, but this topic needs its own thread. Lo and behold, dvrblogger started one a year ago! (Rats, I missed it then.)

    So I'm resurrecting a perfectly good thread to continue the discussion.

    I'm also moving this to the General Satellite Legislative Forum.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  12. Jeremy W

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    I have a feeling this thread may stay dead, since it's not in one of the popular forums.
     
  13. Tom Robertson

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    That is a possibility. Maybe we'll just end up playing pinocle in this thread. :)
     
  14. Tom Robertson

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    Why would I call you when my sony-roku-tivo-netflix-directv client box fails? I don't call DIRECTV when my samsung TVs fail today.

    If the gateway is working (and is verified such), I'd just call Sony. (Or more likely bestbuy if I purchased it from them.)

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  15. Jeremy W

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    And even if I did call DirecTV for troubleshooting assistance, why would I expect them to replace a non-DirecTV branded box that I purchased from Best Buy?
     
  16. BattleScott

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    It likely has no place to go anyways. 99% of the people do not understand what the AllVid proposal is, let alone the reaons why it would be good for them. Hopefully, the FCC will stay on track and not be swayed by political influence again. Sadly, I have my doubts that will be the case.

    The cable companies have too much influence and with the hiring of the ex-FCC chief to the top spot at the NCTA, I see real trouble on the horizon for the initiative. I think it's doomed... :(
     
  17. BattleScott

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    Who did you call when your cable-ready VCR quit working?
     

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