PCMag reviews Velocity Micros CableCard system

You can read the full review here.  There are a couple things I’d like to point out about it though. 

The first, listed as a con, is “CableCARD incompatible with satellite TV” I’m not sure what to even say about that other than duh! 

The next thing that caught my eye is the price they’re quoting, $3699.  While you can certainly customize the system to get to that price you can also get it for $2649 with dual digital cable tuners. 

They reviewed the system using Verizon’s FiOS, which I think is great.  I know if FiOS service was available in Houston I’d switch over to it, so I’m glad Verizon is supporting CableCard customers. 

I’m not sure how this happened or if it really did, but they claim that what they recorded using the digital cable tuners with CableCards inserted wasn’t copy protected.  This is technically impossible.  Anything recorded with a digital cable tuner with a CableCard inserted will only be playable on the machine that recorded it, and only in Media Center.  I’m not sure how they came to the conclusion the shows weren’t protected but I’m going to bet that they didn’t try playing them back on another system, or even in WMP on the same system.

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