Originally Posted by karlw2000
I don't pay attention to ATSC anymore. I only care about QAM which allows you to pull in the digital channels straight from the cable. That way you don't need a cable box. However, you can only get channels that are NOT encoded. Here in Santa Clara, I get all the major stations like ABC, NBC, CBS, BOX, and PBS. The beauty is the High Definitions channels that are only digital.
Was hoping you guys can help clarify some questions I have about comcast here.
I am in San Jose, CA 95132 (SJ/Milpitas border). I currently only have the cable internet package with Comcast, their highest one in the area at 8megs down/756 up. Current cost right now is $70 a month.
I want to keep the same internet package but also want to add the most basic cable package available so that I can tune into the HD local channels (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX). I am planning on getting the HDHomerun PC tuner that supports QAM and ATSC so I can record the comcast QAM HD local channels (primarily FOX, CBS, and NBC).
So my question to you guys is:
For my area (95132), what HD channels are broadcasted in the "clear" that a QAM tuner can tune to via Comcast?
As I am only interested in the basic local HD networks, what is the lowest cost cable package must I add to my package so I can get FOX, CBX, and NBC in HD via my QAM tuner? Do I need the digital package or can I get away with just the basic?
Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!