he Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has dismissed a proposal from TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) that would have mandated cable operators to use an IP backchannel to set up the delivery of switched digital video (SDV) programming to DVRs and other CableCARD-based retail boxes.
TiVo hoped its recommended approach would serve as a replacement for separate tuning adapters (made by Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)) that are used now to set up SDV streams on some retail DVRs. Although TiVo participated in the development of tuning adapters, it has since altered its support, arguing that the devices are kludge, are tantamount to a separate set-top box, and place TiVo at a disadvantage over boxes leased by operators. (See TiVo: Cable Should Love It Some IP, Everyone Hearts the Tuning Adapter!, Cable Subs Don't Heart the Tuning Adapter , and TiVo Gives Cable Both Barrels .)
Interestingly, a little further down in the article you linked there was this paragragh:
On Thursday, the FCC unanimously voted in favor of several new rules that may actually help TiVo gain closer parity with leased set-top boxes, including provisions that make CableCARD costs more transparent to consumers, allow for self-installation of the security modules, and make it easier for consumer electronics manufacturers to gain approval for CableCARD-based set-tops and TVs.
You can say what you want Hex .When NOV 9 comes around there is going to be some cable companies who owe a lot of money to TIVO. Tivo could have a billion dollars coming their way. We know Echostar owes 400 million without damages.