Originally Posted by nottenst
It really is frustrating. At least I can get a couple of OTA channels with an antenna and get some SD HD-subchannels through the HD DTA okay. The HD channels through the HD DTA are not as good as I thought they were the other day. I'm pretty sure I saw the whole picture on the Magnavox when the HD channels first came in, now they are cropped to about where the channel bug is on the right.
I did leave a complaint about this QAM encryption with the FCC. I don't expect it to do much, but it did feel good writing it.
Generally speaking, I'm not one to petition the government for solutions; rather, I'm more market-oriented. With that in mind, perhaps what befell me today could actually be useful to the Clear Cause. For instance....
What if the Motorola Cable boxes that were vulnerable to a Mag-interruption were also vulnerable to interruptions by other non-Comcast DVRs?
What would be the cost of sending a repairmen to 100,000, 200,000, or 300,000 homes to reset cable boxes that were "accidentally" reconnected to non-complaint DVRs?
What would be that cost if that accident happened the first week of October…just before Game One of the World Series? Would MLB take notice? Would the network? Would game's sponsors?
What would be the cost of crediting the accounts of those thousands of customers for their three-four-five day service outage?
What now is the cost of redesigning or otherwise re-cahjiggering the Motorola boxes so that they are no longer vulnerable to such accidents?
Naturally, there would be cost to the consumer. Going without cable television for a few days can be rough…but in the grand scheme of things it's not an unbearable burden.
Provide a catchy label for this act of disobedience, spread the word that it will happen on a Clear Night in October, and see if there is an official response before or during this period of protest.
If these Motorola boxes are in fact vulnerable, then maybe for one night, or two, or three, or four, the consumer's complaint can be heard by, ironically enough, a kind of silence.
But, I blather.