directv use cable card?

how do they use cablecard?
Hiroyuki TamuraField EngineerAsked:
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pgm554Commented:
Not sure what you mean,but some TV's have a built in slot that allows for the use of a cable card instead of an external device.
The issue is that it has to be compatible with you cable service provider.

I think the FCC at one point mandated that cable companies support such devices,but it appears as if it never really caught on from the TV manufacturers .

Check this out:

http://www.cablelabs.com/opencable/primer/cablecard_primer.html
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pgm554Commented:
The Federal Communications Commission's "plug-and-play" regulations, which are based on a detailed agreement between the cable and consumer-electronics industries and which lay out the ground rules of how CableCARDs are to be implemented, do not apply to direct-broadcast satellite services such as Dish Network and DirecTV. So the satellite broadcasters are under no obligation to provide a CableCARD-like solution for TV sets and other gear
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MereteCommented:
Decoder cards act like a tuner in the set top box to connect with TV/ radio frequencies that are encrypted so that only the satelite dish will receive them.
Similar to free to air the old analog TV receiver and the new digital receiover you need a decoder either in the form of a set top box or a digital ready TV. The card assigns a code to you only and your setop box and cant be used with any others without breaking the law.
If you want cable TV on your PC you simply buy the  digital TV card then pay per view to your chose cable TV provider which allocates again a key that unlocks the encrypted signals for the TV card to tune into.
I'm in Australia but the rules still apply to the other countries
SATELLITE RECEIVERS/DECODERS USED BY AUSTAR-OPTUS-FOXTEL
http://www.auspaytv.com/info/decoders.htm
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DaBagBoyCommented:
You cannot use a "cablecard" in your PC  to tune DirecTV in the USA.  Sorry.   The best you might accomplish would be a Video & Audio output from the DTV receiver into your PC.

But that would give you no control over the tuning fromthe PC
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