OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) would allow the cable company to download the same software to every CableCARD 2.0 host device regardless of the manufacturer. The cable companies believe this is essential and will fulfill the FCC's intentions for OpenCable. This would mean that even if you were the type who demanded the best and willing to pay an extra $800 for Series3 TiVo, your DVR would use the same software that your provider issued STB would run. It would be possible for someone like TiVo to develop OCAP software like they are for Comcast right now, but it would be up to each provider to distribute the software to the box you rented or purchased. We're sure the cable companies would love this, they could still control everything -- includes the advertisements -- while complying with the FCC's CableCARD mandate. Lucky for us the CE companies are on to them, and are fighting to get bi-directional functionality and the ability to deploy their own software. After all, the reason TiVo and Vista Media Center are so popular is because of superior software. So while we have no idea when this will get settled, we'd suspect it will require FCC intervention to get it done; we just have one more request: lets make it sooner rather than later.