Set Top Box Options?

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Reading today the FCC, the American counterpart to our CRTC, is pushing again for choice in set top boxes for TV customers. For those not in the know, the USA has long had rules that allow subscribers to optional use a set top box that is not from their provider. The most common one of course is Tivo. Unfortunately the CRTC has never adopted mirroring legislation for Canada blocking most of that market from us.

What I thought was interesting is that this will likely lead to a new round of set top box options on the market and how the current offering from MTS is starting to really show its age. On HD signals we are still restricted to either 720p or 1080i. The very popular 1080p is not currently an option.

I thought this might be of interest to other MTS customers as got me thinking how it is a bit of an odd time for the USA to be making moves to make it easier for customers to be buying traditional cable boxes as the market seems to be shifting to more Internet based systems like Roku, Apple TV and ChromeCast. It also highlighted the need for an upgraded option from MTS, ideally something with 1080p and 4K support.

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Hi all, just to clear up a few things...

All set-top boxes used by MTS are capable of 1080p, starting with Client 2.1 that features was available.  We have simply not turned it on, because there are no broadcasters offers 1080p signals to MTS.  

CableCards do not work with IPTV.  Provisioning of TV signals today is much more complex than it was 15 years ago.  With current technology, the set-top box is more akin to a computer, and to get the software (TV service) to work you need the correct OS, and Software loads.  These require encryption and not likely something to made available to any hardware manufacturer.   I think we would be thrilled if there was a BYOD option here, but I don't think it is something we will see in IPTV in the near future.