Leading digital video recorder company Tivo yesterday got the green light from the cable industry trade group CableLabs to begin building CableCard-enabled DVRs. With this approval, consumers will generally be able to do away with having a cable box connected to their Tivos for recording HD or digital programming.
This approval, said CableLabs, will allow Tivo to build a DVR which can accept CableCards from cable companies who are already issuing these to consumers across various U.S. coverage areas. CableCards function much in the same way as a cable box by decoding HD and digital signals sent on authorized channels.
No specific details were given on what Tivo’s first â€œDigital Cable Readyâ€ product was, but this move certainly seems to be in line with their upcoming Series3 DVR. Being â€œDCRâ€ certified will make it much easier for Tivo’s next generation recorder to tape HD programming.