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Panasonic still developing tru2way despite cable provider delays

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 02 Nov 2009 21:14 User comments (3)

Panasonic still developing tru2way despite cable provider delays Last week at Cable-Tec, the cable television industry's technical tradeshow, Panasonic showed off TVs and set-top boxes featuring tru2way support. Introduced last year, tru2way is an add-on to CableCard, a technology which enables the decryption of digital (QAM) signals from US cable television operators.
Unlike basic CableCard technology, which doesn't work with interactive services like Video On Demand (VOD), tru2way is designed to be a complete replacement for traditional cable company provided digital cable receivers.

There's been quite a bit of interest from consumer electronics manufacturers, most notably Panasonic. Earlier this year an official from the National Cable Trade Association told the FCC "cooperation and open communication between cable and CE has never been better."

Unfortunately the date by which most US cable customers were supposed to have access to tru2way compatible service (July 9,2009) has come and gone.

The longer it takes cable companies to bring tru2way to consumers, the more entrenched competition from new internet-based services will be and the more ground they'll have to make up. Offerings like Netflix Watch Instantly and Xbox Live seem to gain in popularity every day.

Cable company executives are used to thinking of their companies as established incumbents. But the market they're hoping to capture with tru2way enabled devices is one that's still being defined. Continued delays mean more time for other companies to establish the kind of dominance cable once enjoyed in the home entertainment landscape.

Especially if consumer electronics companies like Panasonic can't get a reasonable return from their cable technology investments.

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3 user comments

13.11.2009 3:46

The cable companies fought cable card kicking and screaming, only allowing it in return for extremely unfair DRM standards. They then charge a heavy monthly fee just to rent one of the cards, and do not offer any means of buying one. It is hardly a suprise that the cable companies are not adopting this...there are no agreements forcing them to do so.

23.11.2009 23:16

Somehow I don't see $1.75 per month for cable card rental a "heavy monthly fee". I can't wait to hear all the complaints about cable TV service after Tivo, TV manufacturer's, PC (Apple included)companies, etc all say "...oh no, your equipment is fine. It's the cable signal...call them" LMAO already.

34.11.2009 6:00

Originally posted by 12welve:
Somehow I don't see $1.75 per month for cable card rental a "heavy monthly fee". I can't wait to hear all the complaints about cable TV service after Tivo, TV manufacturer's, PC (Apple included)companies, etc all say "...oh no, your equipment is fine. It's the cable signal...call them" LMAO already.
My cable company wants $15 per month for the card. Not only that, but the DRM standards I mentioned prevent me from using the card with anything but a super-low-end-yet-very-expensive OEM system. I found these two facts out on the same day that I canceled my cable TV service...and I'm not turning it back on untill they get their s*** together, and get their d*** out of the collective ***hole of all their customers...I don't think I will have cable TV for a very long time.

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