CableCard Explained

CableCard, the technology that has risen from the FCC forcing cable companies to allow third parties the ability to create their own cable boxes, is a pretty hot topic right now because the digital cable era has long since arrived and people want to be able to record their digital cable content and get rid of those ugly digital set top boxes.

Arstechnica has written up an excellent article that demystifies a lot of the history of CableCard and makes for a perfect primer on the technology.