Originally Posted by winkydink
Any help regarding this would be appreciated.
I've seen cablecards and cable HD STBs.. both looked the same to me. From a technical perspective, you are correct, the bitstream is the same until it hits the decoder in your tuner. The only thing between the tuner and your TV that will affect quality is the type of connection. If it's digital (DVI, HDMI) then despite what monster cable says, there should be no loss of quality. If it's analog (component) then there is a slim chance the cable could affect the signal quality. In any case, I can't imagine how the cable card would be any better or worse than an STB. I've seen all 3 types of connections from various boxes and they all look the same to me.
I suppose they could argue that the decoder in their STB is 'better' than your TV at doing decoding and mangling of the picture to display on your TV. I have a hard time believing that, though, because it seems like all the manufacturers are using the same ATSC/QAM tuner chipsets from Broadcom or Samsung.
I think the Comcast definition of "inferior" is the inferior number of extra services they can sell you on the cablecard.
Since the cablecard is one way, you won't be able to do pay-per-view and VOD, which seems like a much more logical reason why they're pushing the STB.
BTW - still recieving WNEP-HD from WB/SCR with solid signal. Can occasionally get FOX-56-DT also. On Altoona/J-Town side, receive PBS (3 sub channels), ABC/FOX (3 sub channels), CBS (1 sub channel), WKBS(Relious, 1 sub channel), and once in a blue moon NBC (3 sub channels). Growing old waiting for CBS and FOX to switch to HD.
56 recently had transmitter and antenna issues. They just replaced both and are now reported to be running at their full rated power. I thought they went HD at the same time, but maybe not..