Standalone Cable Cards Up 8% in 2012

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The nine largest cable operators in the U.S. have deployed about 600,000 standalone CableCards to date for use with TiVo DVRs and other retail devices -- an annual increase of 8% -- while those same MSOs have rolled out more than 39 million operator-supplied set-tops with CableCards, a 22% increase from 32 million a year ago.

That’s according to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s quarterly report Thursday to the Federal Communications Commission on CableCards.

The five biggest cable operators -- Cablevision Systems, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable -- have deployed over 569,000 standalone CableCards, according to NCTA.

CableCards, developed by CableLabs, provide authentication and encryption to access cable TV programming. Under the FCC's "integration ban," which went into effect on July 1, 2007, operators are required to use CableCards in their own set-tops. The integrated set-top ban was supposed to foster better MSO support for retail devices that use CableCards. But the policy has failed to deliver the FCC's hoped-for surge in sales among third-party cable-ready navigation devices.
Read More: Standalone CableCards Rose 8% in 2012 | Cable Television News | Broadcast Syndication | Programming | Multichannel.com

The whole CableCard thing with the FCC was to give third party set top manufactures like TiVo and Ceton a fighting chance. Of course by the time you pay the TiVo subscription fee and the CableCard rental fee your generally going to be better off with the DVR from your cable company.
 

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