I have a couple questions about my USB tuner stick. I recently purchased a Kworld-435-q USB tuner stick for my HTPC. This is the first one I've ever tried and first time trying out QAM. I am using Windows Media Center (Win7x64) to view. After lots and lots of messing around and internet reading/searching I was able to pick up the "ClearQAM" (about 10) channels that my cable provider (Charter) broadcasts in HD and SD for free. (at least that's what I understand it as, it is a free broadcast)
I have a basic subscription to Charter cable (channels 2-70 or so, not an HD package). I have the 1 digital box (just 1) set up in the bedroom. I have a strait cable coming off a splitter before the box going to the office to a 10 year old tv that is NOT HD compatible. It is NOT on a box and is able to pick up all the channels that the box displays in the bedroom in SD. My question is - why is the USB tuner only able to view/pick up the unencrypted "clearQAM" channels and the 10 year old SD tv is able to pick them all up? The USB stick shows that more channels are there, but they have a locked symbol next to them, and if I try to view it says I'm not allowed. I don't really care if they are not HD, I'd just like to be able to get all the channels on the HTPC that are coming into my house.
Thanks a lot for reading and replying with any help!!