How it will work... Several posts here truly fail to see how this will work.
First off this will use CableCard 2.0. This is how the cable companies will keep track of your devices and make up for the lack of cable box/dvr revenue.
Second some TVs will have the circuitry and some won't (cable boxes/dvrs won't go away completely). Cheap TVs will not come with it so they can stay cheap.
Third your dvr isn't going anywhere. Cable companies will continue to support the boxes that they are leasing you. Also, their boxes will probably interface just like any tv and thus they can just order any tru2way box they want and pop a cable card in it. This works for third parties as well (you can bet your pennies that Tivo's Series4 will be tru2way and that sony will come out with a standalone dvr as well).
I don't think anyone is worried about their DVR "going anywhere". It's just this "built-in" technology is worthless to a lot of us if we still have no recording ability.
I'd honestly rather have a set with dumb clear QAM + recording than Tru2way. Just keep the drive external so it keeps set costs down and makes the drive easy to replace if it fails.
I agree with most of what you are saying, but if they want to integrate a dvr they can. (I wouldn't want that... imagine the harddrive dying in your tv... what a pain to fix.)
Also note, in my house we can do with one dvr and several other tvs without the dvr, but right now I have to have a cable box in front of them (might as well be a dvr) to get all the channels. I don't think this will fix all the world's problems, but I think it will be a nice feature for some places to just have a working tv (not everyone uses a dvr, although i think they should). And look at the other posts there were clearly some people whining about their dvrs. For what reason? I don't know, but I just wanted to be sure that they understood it.
quote:Easy problem to solve. Make DVR storage 100% via eSata port. So you buy the TV, it has no DVR function until you connect external storage.
(I wouldn't want that... imagine the harddrive dying in your tv... what a pain to fix.)
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