Most people outside this building probably don’t know what a CableCARD is
A CableCARD is a device that was supposed to let you plug your TIVO into a digital cable system, so you could have a decent DVR and avoid renting the hunk of junk your cable provider wanted to foist on you. But it shit the bed royally because it was hobbled by a combination of mediocre design and stupid implementation rules. For example, the consumer couldn’t even insert a CableCARD into their own DVR — the cable TV guy had to come out and do it. And cable systems could still charge rental for their devices even you were using your own TIVO.
Perhaps the new rules on the next coming of CableCARD, called AllVid, will be better than CableCARD, but I’m sure the MPAA and cable companies will still try to throw up as many roadblocks as possible.