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Old 12-19-2010, 04:18 PM - Thread Starter
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Can this unit replace the Comcast HD DVR unit or at least be used with it?
I really hate the puny HD on the comcast unit and the featured on the AZ premium unit look very cool.
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It appears that the AZ boxes are designed for the European DVB-S2 satellite standard and some of them may support the USA OTA ATSC standard. It appears that none of them can receive US cable QAM signals.
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It appears that the AZ boxes are designed for the European DVB-S2 satellite standard and some of them may support the USA OTA ATSC standard. It appears that none of them can receive US cable QAM signals.

bummer. maybe they will eventually get into the US market.
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With American cable company boxes and TiVo dominating the market? They'll probably find it a hard road. I guess it'll depend on how Moxi does.

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bummer. maybe they will eventually get into the US market.

Not likely anytime soon.
1. Even though our politicians passed legislation with the intent of fostering consumer owned units and therefore competition more than 10 years ago, they left the implementation to the industry. (Maybe the intent was competition->consumer owned units?)
2. The cable industries self created implementation is what we know as cablecard, and the cable industry made sure that they stacked the system in their favor of their own (favored)hardware by unnecessary certification of cablecard devices through cablelabs (controlled by the cable companies).
3. They also made sure that cable company technical support staff are not trained to support cablecard installs competently.
4. They have instructed their sales force to talk customers out of using cablecards and instead use the cable company provided hardware.
5. In general cablecards installs require an unnecessary truck roll for what should be a simple (PCMCIA/Expresscard like) card insertion into the consumers TV/DVR followed by a phone call to the cable company to read off a bunch of numbers to activate it. Even a monkey could do this.
6. The cable companies bitch about cablecard, yet the same idiots were the ones who engineered it for large scale consumer failure.
7. The cable companies keep kicking the can down the road with promised "future" solutions years away, while they keep out competition and continue collecting revenue. Cablecard largely failed, so lets promise to roll out Tru2Way. Tru2Way is dead in the waters, so what are they pimping now as a solution 2-5 years down the road?

So why would a CE hardware company want to go through the hassle of marketing such a device when the cable companies try everything in their power to kill it, thus preventing competition, and for the last 10 years the FCC has been a virtual mouthpiece for the industry and wont enfore the existing rules and lay down the hammer to the cable providers.

Now, if the cable companies were banned from renting/leasing hardware OR were required to follow the exact same requirements for the cablecards in their own hardware as consumer owned hardware, you can bet your ass things would change. But no, the FCC wont mandate a level playing field as they are pretty much spineless.

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It appears that the AZ boxes are designed for the European DVB-S2 satellite standard and some of them may support the USA OTA ATSC standard. It appears that none of them can receive US cable QAM signals.

The AZBox will record unencrypted or Clear QAM with the ATSC/QAM tuner. I believe that the DVB-C tuner can also be used on Clear QAM.
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Thats good news for the OP.
None of the AZ box specs I could find state the boxes had support for clear QAM digital.
Can you please supply a link to an AZ box model that can?
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None of the AZ box specs I could find state the boxes had support for clear QAM digital. Can you please supply a link to an AZ box model that can?

None do out of the box, but several are equipped with empty slots that can be populated with a tuner that can receive ATSC and/or QAM. The newest model that can is the Premium HD+, while the newer ME models cannot.

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