Interesting information, I just can't see how it pertains to the folks in the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania VA area. My wife hails from Eldersburg and Westminster. I would mention this to her parents, but they are happy with Dish Network and their SD offering; they just don't share our HD excitement- go figure!
Isn't your statement about receiving WMAR-DT, WJZ-DT, WBAL-DT and ShowtimeHD for an extra $4.40 a little misleading since you also have to pay for Showtime - a premium channel? Perhaps it is best to state the $4.40 price covers ABC, CBS, and NBC and mention that Showtime-HD is offered free-of-charge to those who subscribe to this premium channel.
In reality, $4.40 covers the rental of the STB. Last year, the NCTA announced plans to provide unencrypted QAM/8VSC locals via their broadcast/lifeline packages. Also, since the FCC has mandated that all new Digital TV sets (phased-in starting next year) have a built-in digital cable ready tuner, then the need for an STB would only be needed to access premium (encrypted) channels. Personally, I don't know why anyone in the past two years would have purchase an HDTV or STB without native 8VSB and QAM decoding capabilityjust my opinion.
For those of you who are currently receiving INHD, HDNET, Discovery HD, etc., via unencrypted QAM, you can expect these stations to be moved to an encrypted HD tier as soon as the cable companies can close the loop. That's just my opinion.
Besides receiving DC and Richmond locals, I am also receiving Baltimore locals under optimal conditions (usually during summer-time evenings/late night/early morning). Anyway, WMAR blows WJLA out-of-the-water!
While I do like the fact the local Adelphia office is passing 6 DC stations to the community in unencrypted QAM, the fact of the matter is I also pick up Richmond locals via my 2nd antenna (ABC, CBS, NBC - I'll pick up FOX when they complete their broadcast tower and start transmitting at full-power). Does anyone know if Adelphia has plans to pass the Richmond digital locals in addition to the DC locals? Why, because of our location they currently offer both DC and Richmond analog localswith the exception of Fox in Richmond.
Why is it so important? Sports of course - I have more choicesand sometimes this new technology confounds the broadcasters (failed codec, power problems, someone forgetting to throw the HD switch, etc.)! I have noticed the Richmond stations will often (or often enough) broadcast a different regional game:
ABC - College Football, NHL Hockey
CBS - College Football, NFL Football, College Basketball
FOX - NFL Football
NBC - do they do sports?
I have a Radio Shack Remote Control A/B Switch, model 15-1968, to control my antenna inputs with a flick of the finger. I programmed macros for my Home Theater Master MX-700 and SL-9000 remote controls and I change channels effortlessly - no moving any rotors - no delays - no problems. I highly recommend folks in the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania area do the same between DC/Richmond (DC/Baltimore in your case).
Anyway, I currently have 36 channels of HD with VOOM (not including my locals) and that number is going to perhaps 60 by this time next year. So while Adelphia is FINALLY starting to do a good job with HD, they are way behind VOOM and have ticket me off to no end regarding HDTV in the past. Heck, 6 months ago their CSRs were still telling me, Why would you want HDTV when we have Digital Cable and Oh, you must mean HGTV don't you? UGH - UGH - UGH!!!
Anyway, the point of my post is to tell all the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania Adelphia folks there are 6 unencrypted DC digital locals. Assuming you have a digital tuner with QAM then you should have no problem enjoying the Adelphia Broadcast HD package without having to pay anything further.
Originally posted by Hampster
Adelphia finally became available in Carroll County, MD and I went ahead and subscribed. Despite what I posted above, the extra $4.40 a month seems a little more palatable now, so I don't have to fiddle with my rotor & OTA antenna. This can be a real pain at times. Plus I got tired of seeing the same ol' stuff over & over on Starz so I switched to Showtime. For now I get ShowtimeHD, ABC (WMAR-DT), CBS (WJZ-DT) and NBC (WBAL-DT). Picture quality is very good. I can't tell the difference between Adelphia's picture and OTA (Samsung SIR-T150).