Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Falls Church, VA
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I was thinking about this box, the good and the bad.
In my opinion the OTA performance through the antenna is Great. Tuner appears to be sensitive, and it locks in well on all of my local stations - both for the HD signal and the SD signal. And the Guide works well for the OTA stations.
However - when I connect to cable it's no longer great. The QAM decocer is useless since my Cox digital cable scrambles everything digital.
Without using the Cable box: It does pick up the analog cable - but telling the 3410 that I have analog cable (without a cable box) seems to take away the option to get analog OTA - the Guide wants to default to getting all of the SD broadcast information off the Cable input rather than giving me the option to get some of it off the OTA Antenna input. This seems to have been a design decision to "simplify" the setup for users, but I would much rather have greater flexibility.
When using the Cable box; Telling the 3410 that I am using the Cable box then defaults to getting EVERYTHING (except the OTA HD signals) off the cable box. It effectively disables both the co-ax antenna input and the co-ax cable input from receiving any SD information. Again, this seems to have been a design decision to "simplify' the setup for users, but I would prefer greater flexibility. Tuning the Damn Cable box (thru commands from the 3410 led cable box controller) works, but is very slow, and it gets confused when I try to rapidly scroll down channels from the Guide Screen. I also would prefer to get everything OTA as my 1st Option, and bypass the cable box for everything except things that are only available on Cable.
Also the lack of a capability to record HD off the Cable box is a pain. Maybe next year's model will have the capability to use a "smart card" that I'll have to buy from the Cable Company.
Hopefully I'm wrong on this lack of flexibility about bypassing the cable box, and someone can tell me a way around that limitation...