Originally Posted by Clint S.
In other words, after Feb. FAIK they could require a cable box for ALL channels period (and I'm hoping that will NOT be the case because that will screw things up bad...as I mentioned below*)
I'm just saying the date is largely irrelevant, because over the air and cable are separate issues. Most of the confusion over this is because people are misstating the Feb 09 over the air analog cutoff as pertaining to cable.
Really, the Feb. 09 cutoff should not be mentioned at all when talking about cable.
(It's stuff like that that make people think they can get a voucher for an ATSC tuner and use it on their cable, and people are going to be disappointed when they find they were misled.)
Millions watch one channel while recording another and if they (Cox or whomever) would require a box for all channels that would pi$$-off millions of people who may bring some kind of a CA lawsuit because of losing that age-old ability.
Well, they do provide DVRs with dual tuner capability, and I think a TiVoHD with a cable card also has dual tuners. And the locals and stuff like PBS, the only thing they're legally required to broadcast in the clear, can still use separate QAM tuners.
Plus, the majority of digital tiers have been encrypted for a long time now. So unless there is some basic cable station that gets encrypted that pisses off enough people (I dunno, Food Network maybe), I don't see a lawsuit over that happening.
Maybe over broadcast basic itself being encrypted.
I've been hearing a lot lately about Verizon FIOS or something like that, I'm not sure what it is other than something fiber optic, I haven't looked into it yet.
Well, most if not all the cable companies use fiber optics. Verizon just takes it a little bit further to the customer (up to the home rather than a neighborhood node.) In the home, it uses the same copper wire everyone else uses.
Other than that, they provide TV/phone/Internet service like your cableco will. Maybe a different rate structure.