Consensus is cable cards simply don't work and a newer spec promoted by the cable industry is on the way. True? I thought cable cards were required to be supported after a certain date, but I don't know. Would that solve the a la carte technical issue?
What would it take to drop analog cable? I haven't heard of any mandate, but a decade ago I heard cable companies wanted digital to more closely monitor usage and have more remote control. Is there a reason the rollout is so slow? Is it because of set top boxes?
Seems like it is a mix of technical hurdles and contractual obligations that is the resistance here. If the technical issues are dealt with is it just a matter of which industry is going to steamroller the other?