Update on Tivo and SDV

February 14th, 2008 · No Comments

After browsing the web tonight, I’ve found the following signs of progress that eventually (2008 Q2???) my Tivos will be able to get SDV (Switched Digital Video) channels from Time Warner Austin. (For a brief description of SDV, please see my earlier post.)

First is an actual published specification for what is now apparently being called a “TR” or a “Tuning Resolver”: OpenCable Tuning Resolve Interface Specification. Since this has been published, perhaps there is a chance someone else might actually develop the device instead of waiting for the standard players to finish dragging their feet? Wishful thinking I’m sure!

Second is news that CableLabs has actually received a tool to be able to test TR devices. This is significant because CableLabs needs to validate any actual TR device to ensure it operates within and meets the standard before it would be available to you and me.

Perhaps we’ll have these in the second quarter of this year after all?

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