I've tried both Pace and Motorola HD DTA's connected to HDTV's and AV Receivers but neither passed 5.1 audio.
Data sheet specs don't indicate any support for 5.1 audio and Pace just says "2 Channel AC3 Audio Decode".
It appears the HD DTA's are specifically designed not to pass 5.1 audio and there are no menu settings/options either. So if a Comcast customer wants 5.1 audio, they will need to spend $10/month for a regular HD STB.
Another thing about the new HD DTA's is that they don't pass Dolby Digital 5.1 audio out the HDMI port, just 2 channel stereo. So in the past if you were receiving local HD channels via Clear QAM directly to your HDTV, you could send...
I've seen two different models of HD-DTA's in the Twin Cities; one by Motorola and the other by Pace. The Pace HD-DTA is listed in the Harmony database under Cables Boxes as the "Pace Digital Set Top Box (DC60Xu)".
Yes every Comcast customer gets at least 1 free CableCARD upon request (because the FCC requires them to do it);
Unfortunately the FCC gave into Comcast's...
Your full channel listing can be found here;
Local SD sub-channels are still in the 200's;
220 - WFTC BounceTV
221 - WFTC Movies!
243 - KTCA-MN
244 - KTCA-Weather
Actually all of the local HD channels for the Twin Cities are now in the 800 range too;
800 - KTCI Life HDHD
802 - KTCA-HD (PBS)
803 - KPXM-HD (ION)
804 - WCCO-HD (CBS)
805 - KSTP-HD (ABC)
807 - WFTC-HD (MyNetwork)
808 - WUCW-HD (CW)
Just a quick update about the missing Digital Starter channels 881 (WE HD) and 963 (FSN+ HD) on the new HD DTA's. After 30 days of persistent calls & inquires to Comcast customer service & technical support, I finally got the problem...
Has anyone else started using the new HD DTA adapters in the Twin Cities area? I just installed 4 of them at $2/month/each and they work great for viewing all HD channels included in the Digital Starter package. (A regular HD Cable Box...