Originally Posted by gring40
Sounds like your cableco is encrypting the local channels, which is why connecting the cable directly to the TV doesn't work, right?
Correct... I found out not because they informed me, but because suddenly my TV was telling me "no signal detected".. I called them, the THEN informed me that I needed a box, so the basturds encrypted specifically so people wanting full use of the now common HDTV would be forced to pay an extra $20 to get the box capable of HD output...
The coax output from the STB should be ch3, so you can just set the TV there manually and tune with the STB, no searching required.
No need for that. I have several devices connected to my HDTV, and so I switch between devices with remote... I was just thinking that since the input to my returned HD Comcast receiver had simpe coax in, and HDMI and Component (R/G/B) out, and I got full 1080P, so if I could find a coax to plug into the box, and the TV Out end had either HDMI or Component (or is it Composit?) R/G/B on it, then I would get a better picture quality (as I did with the Cable box that had Coax (RG-6?) input. But maybe the box upscaled the signal internally?
I do see Coax to HDMI boxes/converters for sale, which if I'm correct about cable boxes upscaling to HDMI, then that's probably what these Coax to HDMI boxes do also.
But they are simply too expensive ($150 and up) for me to consider.
Next question... My wife is very unhappy we can't record, pause, etc. anymore, and wants me to go back to the HD/DVR box (and adding $20/mo to my bill), but I'm looking into just buying a TiVo type unit instead (at least I'd own it).. But how would I get past the encryption?
Does anyone know about this? I would think that since Comcast (and possibly other providers) have gone pure digital, and encrypted the stream, is TiVo even an option? Or are we stuck with HAVING to pay their extra fee if we want DVR AND Cable TV?
Thanks again, hope someone can answer my latest questions...