Third, cable operators, their trade associations and their sponsored researchers have expressed opposition to extending the Carterfone policy to television. Carterfone supports the right of consumers to attach any device that does not cause technical harm. If applied to cable television, it would enhance consumer freedom by preventing strategies to block or limit access by devices cable operators don’t control. From my vantage point the lack of progress in cable efforts to promote “true two-way” access by televisions without a converter box means that cable operators see upsides in mandating access only via their soul sourced devices. Additionally with digital transmissions, subscribers must have a set top box or converter for each and every television set thereby eliminating the previous free option of using a “cable ready” set.
Also the fact that consumers have not embraced CableCards may reflect their lack of knowing that such an option exists, possibly the product of a strategy by cable operators not to promote such an option.