MSOs Deployed 3,000 Standalone CableCards In Last Three Months [Multichannel News]
During the same period over 700,000 CableCard-enabled set-tops were deployed. To this point, over 30 million of the CableCard set-tops have been deployed compared to only 585,000 standalone CableCards.
CableCards can be used in devices like TiVo DVRs, but have simply not caught on among consumers as much as set-tops. In 2007, the FCC implemented a ban on "integrated set-tops" in the hope of increasing the amount of standalone CableCards and the devices that use them.
Despite the relative lack of interest among consumers for standalone CableCards, the FCC has recently implemented new CableCard requirements and is considering a proposal called AllVid, which would require all providers to use a different third-party hardware device with common technical interfaces.