Ben Drawbaugh at EngadgetHD has some potentially good news for those with CableCARD tuners on Vista Media Center HTPCs. Ben inquired with AMD and CableLabs to see if there was any hope for a “tuning resolver” for VMC. The response was not a emphatic yes, but it was in the words of Drawbaugh a “definite maybe.”
Without some way of handling switched digital video, CableCARD users in regions enabling SDV won’t be able to tune the entire digital channel lineup using their CableCaARD HTPCs. Read more on Switched Digital Video at wikipedia.
If you’re interested in this stuff (and if you’re using CableCARD technology, you should be) check out Mari Silbey’s post on Switched Digital Video and CableCARDs at Mediaexperiences2go.com and the NCTA State of the Union Call at ZatzNotFunny!
Check out more of Brent’s reflections on tech, gadgets, software and media at Brent Evans Geek Tonic.