FYI: CableCARD On Approved PCs Only, Thomas Hawk and Jim Allchin

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Derek R. Flickinger, Jan 30, 2006.


    My (Thomas Hawk) Dinner With Microsoft Exec Jim Allchin

    Thomas Hawk got the chance to have dinner with Jim Allchin again a few days
    ago. I would encourage everyone to read Thomas' write-up since I'm only
    going to cover part of it.

    Thomas: "Although as a platform Vista has been approved by CableLabs at this
    point, an important step that will still be necessary for the PC/CableCARD
    reality is CableLab's approval for finished individual OEM PCs as well.
    Although Vista has been approved, OEMs will in fact still need to get their
    individual machines certified by CableLabs as well. Central to this
    certification according to Jim is the idea of a "protective path." "

    So, Allchin has confirmed that OEM PCs as a whole will have to be certified.
    This likely means that you will not be able to build a PC yourself that will
    work with CableCARDs. Apparently Jim said "protective path" is a big part
    of this, and if you have ever read my blog you should know a thing or two
    about that.

    Thomas: "Getting something approved through CableLabs is no easy task and
    this will very much favor the larger OEMs who have the funds, resources and
    clout to get this done. Jim said to expect to see the CableLabs approved PCs
    out from the big guys first but reiterated his commitment to smaller OEMs in
    fighting for them to also get their machines CableLabs approved as well. Jim
    said that Microsoft would fight clawing and scratching for these smaller
    OEMs. It will be interesting to see between now and Fall what that will

    Funds? Interesting part there. Are we to think that for a PC to be
    certified it will have to be submitted to CableLabs on approved testing
    dates and pay to have it tested? I don't remember the amount, but having a
    product tested by CableLabs comes with a rather large price tag.
    Derek R. Flickinger, Jan 30, 2006
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  2. So will "approved" devices be sealed so that customers cannot upgrade


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