Originally Posted by JHBrandt
From that, it sounds like she may start getting all her channels on the iView in a few weeks, only to have it all go poof! on 5/26.
I would be willing to bet that at least some of the clear QAM will be around. They sent out letters like that here in Louisville, KY as well a couple of years ago when they stopped transmitting NTSC on cable.
It's sort of worded to make you think that you need to upgrade to a leased DVR or cable card from them to continue to receive service. At least here, though, clear QAM has continued to work fine.
Actually you could request a certain number of free converters for your old tv which they gave out for free (I dunno if they are still free). This started when we had Insight for cable, before it was bought out by TWC, but nothing has really changed. Our internet speeds got faster, clear QAM continues to be the more common way to get cable on new tv's. The channels change from time to time(always annoying).
Those little converter boxes are still available for old tv's.. Strange little things. The channel numbers are more traditional with no periods or hyphens. They're tied to your subscriber account, so if you call and cancel they go dark immediately just like the Motorola DVR's and cable cards, even if your cable is still hot and clear QAM is working. Also, they will cut them off if you use them for a long period of time at another (unsubscribed) location.
There doesn't seem to be any fee for not returning them so I have a couple laying around that people have given to me. I've always wondered if there might be some way to force one on. They definitely get some kind of signal from the cable co to keep them going. It would be neat to figure out how to spoof it.
This is off topic, but related to digital tv and PVR's. Soon I'm going to be getting into the DVB-S2 satellite scene. I've always been interested in it and got really lucky in an eBay auction the other day. I picked up a like new USB tuner on eBay for $11.50 w/ free ship! Same model listed on Ali express for just under $190!!! Now I just need to amass a few other assorted parts and software and planning to make a server headend for use with XBMC/KODI on my home network and my Android tv devices.
I looked at some mstar based DVB-S2 STB's (obvious from the menus! Lol) and decided I wanted something a little nicer.
Still use my iview daily, though and probably will for a long time.