I have a HDHR3-4DC here in Germany. It works great for DVB-C except that most HD channels require a CI or CI+ module with a corresponding cable card from the cable company.
I know there is cable card support in the US but that the smart cards are different on some level.
I believe with the CI/CI+ modules that they can only tune/decrypt a single channel at a time and having a unit with 4 CI/CI+ slots is probably not very practical, however having a unit that has 2 CI slots and 2 tuners would be preferable to 4 tuners that can't tune most channels.
I believe supporting CI/CI+ slots would be more universal for the EU market than supporting specific cable providers/cards. Is there some reason I am missing that prevents SD from releasing an HDHR with CI/CI+ slots (e.g. licensing fees or significant engineering incompatibilities with the existing hardware design)?
Just wanted to let you know that I would be a customer for such a hardware device if you were to release it.
Reception, channel detection, network issues, CableCARD setup, etc.
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Supporting CI+ is a bigger engineering challenge than CableCARD is in the US. CI+ requires the full protected path/DRM support that is present in CableCARD, but has the added challenge of having no existing DVR applications that support it. WMC on Windows 7 has native CableCARD support, but does not have native support for tuners using CI+. It does have a generic interface for protected content, but it's kind of pointless to add new functionality to WMC when Windows 7 has so little life remaining (2 years minus 1 day). So, this is all to say that CI+ is something that can't can't even be considered until DRM is up and working on the HDHomeRun DVR and more of the apps, which we're working on.
Thanks for the succinct explanation. That makes sense.
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