The existing CableCARD regime, intended to foster competition, does not serve its purpose or goals and has the unintended consequence of restricting competition. The failure of the CableCARD system should not lead the Commission to discard separable security entirely, but the Commission should consider alternative, lower- cost, alternatives to separate security from navigation devices.
A new separable security system including a SD/MicroSD form factor security device would help to foster competition and enable new devices, services and innovation.
Transparent Video Systems (“TVS”) is a manufacturer of cable television (“CATV”) head-end systems.1 TVS’s solutions enable smaller, independent cable and telephone video operators to deliver advanced digital television services.
By deliberately using DVB rather than CableLabs and SCTE standards, TVS’s systems are practical, cost effective, and easy to use. TVS’s systems are built on open standards and yield easily-customized services and applications at a fraction of the cost of a closed system.