Originally Posted by BVfan
My understanding is that cable is "required" to pass local HD through their system free. Now in my case I do not have a new enough HD TV to decode "QAM" or whatever the digital cable signal is, so I still have to get a digital DVR from Midco to get them.
I can however get all local HD on my DVICO Fusion V tuner card in my computer, which has a "QAM" tuner. It also passes NBATV channel - not the games - unencypted.
If you have a newer, big HDTV, it probably is possible that it can decode those channels. Thought you had to have a cable card or something though.
I'm assuming you can't get ESPN-HD, HDNET or other HD channels straight into the HDTV, right?
Not sure what is required for the cable companies to carry in the clear, but the following is what CableOne is carrying in the clear through a digital tuner without a cablecard:
Channel Network Description
67.452 ESPN HD ESPN in HDTV
68.454 TNT HD TNT in HDTV
20.455 ABC HDTV ABC in HDTV
20.465 NBC HDTV NBC in HDTV
20.470 PBS HDTV PBS in HDTV
78.475 FOX HDTV FOX in HDTV
78.476 My Network My Network TV
67.490 UNIVERSAL Universal HD
You also get the digital music stations using channels 71.801 through 71.824 and
72.825 through 72.847
If you have a cablecard the channel numbers are the same as with a digital set-top box.
Hopefully they will continue sending all non-premium stations without encryption.
Also I see that CableOne is advertising that they will soon be providing Discovery HD, HGTV HD and Food Network HD. Hopefully many others as well without extra cost.