CableCARD

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CableCARD

A digital cable TV activation system from the OpenCable project of the CableLabs research consortium (www.cablelabs.com). Introduced in 2003 and sometimes called "Plug and Play TV," the CableCARD contains the customer's account information as well as the channel assignments and decryption algorithms used by the cable provider. The CableCARD is housed in a Type II PC Card module, and as of mid-2007, all new set-top boxes in the U.S. support CableCARDs.

No Set-top Box and More Accuracy
When a set-top box is used, depending on the type of box, TV set, connection and digital format, unnecessary video processing may take place in the chain from set-top box to TV. However, a CableCARD can be plugged directly into "Digital Cable Ready" TVs, DVRs, media servers and PCs, thus eliminating the set-top box and ensuring the most accurate decoding and scaling (see upconvert).

S-CARDs, M-CARDs and tru2way
A Single-Stream CableCARD (S-CARD) provides one tuner for viewing one channel, while the latest Multi-Stream CableCARD (M-CARD) supports up to six tuners for simultaneous watching, recording and picture-in-picture (PIP). Two-way interaction was added with CableCARD 2.0 for video-on-demand, and a "tru2way" logo certifies that the TV is a two-way CableCARD device. See DVR and set-top box.


Plugging In a CableCARD
This Panasonic TV is CableCARD ready, and the card need only be inserted into the slot. (Image courtesy of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company.)
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Panasonic is now shipping its PCH2180 Advanced Multi-tuner tru2way Set-top receiver that integrates high definition video recording, a multi-stream CableCard Host Interface for separable security, and a high-speed DOCSIS modem to support DOCSIS System Gateway (DSG) Signaling all in a compact set top configuration.
Cable set-top box technology: Broadcom will demonstrate its family of cable STB silicon and software reference designs representing industry specifications that support OCAP, multi-stream CableCard, downloadable conditional access (DCAS), DOCSIS(R) set-top Gateway (DSG), DOCSIS 3.
The PCH2180 is an Advanced Multi-tuner OCAP Set-top receiver that integrates high definition video recording, a multi-stream CableCard Host Interface for separable security, and a high-speed DOCSIS modem to support DOCSIS System Gateway (DSG) Signaling in a compact set top configuration.
Viewed as a major milestone in cable's interactive digital evolution, this LG plasma HDTV has achieved Certification status as OCAP(TM)-enabled interactive digital television set, including the multi-stream CableCARD (M-Card) system, from a recently concluded certification by CableLabs(R).
Cable set-top technology: Broadcom will show its family of cable STB silicon and software reference designs representing industry specifications that support OCAP, multi-stream CableCard, downloadable conditional access (DCAS), DOCSIS(R) set-top Gateway (DSG), DOCSIS 3.
2) a Dual Tuner OpenCable HD DVR which uses Multi-stream CableCARD to simultaneously decrypt and record two streams of digital cable to a 160 GB HDD.
Motorola will also show its commitment to HOST-based solutions, demonstrating live a HOST set-top with enhanced functionality through multi-stream CableCard support.
Demonstrated this week at the 2007 International CES[R] in Las Vegas, LG Electronics' 42-inch OpenCable plasma HDTV set features built-in OCAP technology, multi-stream CableCARD capabilities and interactive capabilities, as well as high-definition content and interactive services like Video-on-Demand and Pay-Per-View.
The Multi-Stream CableCARD provides the needed separable security in order to comply with the FCC's July 1, 2007, separable security mandate.
One prototype, the Moxi Multi-room HD DMR, will provide multi-room HD recording and playback with an integrated multi-stream CableCard (M-Card).
Key features include: * SD & HD PVR with multi-stream CableCARD (QAM), NTSC * Integrated networking with Ethernet (10/100 Base-T) and optional wireless (802.

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