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San Benito, TX
·Time Warner Cable
Re: Recording shows
said by blacknoi:Isn't comcast already using a cloud based system for their new X1 platform too?
I'd guess cloud-based recording ala Cablevisions network DVR.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Sir Winston Churchill
Re: I got a survey about this last week. I've used their current Roku app and it's nice. If they added a DVR "channel" within it to let people manage recordings and watch recorded shows, that would be perfect. I'd ditch our cable box and go Roku-only. (We've had DVRs die in the past and TWC refuses to transfer recorded shows to the new box - insists it's impossible. A cloud DVR would protect against this.)
Of course, we're perpetually on the cusp of cutting cable, so we might go Roku-only anyway.
| || |said by elray:This doesn't appear to have been a problem in Europe - where there is a common open standard (DVB) across all digital TV platforms, with separable security from day one. In some countries, like Germany, it is no trouble at all to get your new TV, plug it into the cable network, and insert a "conditional access module" (like cablecard, except it works) plus smartcard. No need to worry about supporting X vs Y vs Z vendors - the TV can already receive the DVB signal and the CAM performs the vendor-specific decryption.
STB's were kept proprietary to prevent signal theft. They are not cheap, though one should expect that an "open" standard will make them so.
It also means that companies aren't tied into a specific vendor's systems - if they want to move they can support multiple vendors with ease.
Many satellite providers do this too - you can buy any satellite receiver you want, insert the CAM, and it works.
Unfortunately I don't experience this as I live in the UK, where the dominant pay TV company locks it down to their hardware only. At least I can buy one of their boxes for a very low price (I paid £20 for the last one, an HD PVR) from the likes of eBay and use it on my account - no stupid rental charges on my bill.