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East Amherst, NY
reply to skeechan

Re: Going to be next to impossible

There is very little utility and margin to proprietary boxes. The IP is in the software and moving to IP and centralized DVR. This way the costs will come down dramatically from a capital perspective and an operating perspective.

Once they move to IP, there is no reason say they put the DVR functionality in the CMTS and nobody needs to have a DVR, just IP devices and say tablets and the like.

DVR's are capital intensive, and TBH useless considering the entire body of shows could easily be streamed from a CDN or neighborhood POP.

In any case all of my verizon boxes had cablecards in them, so CC is widely used. I simply removed the fee and setup W7MC which does all of the IP things they are dreaming of.

And the real competitor to Apple in this space is Microsoft and maybe Samsung. STB are dying, it's all about the software.