Originally Posted by acaoacao
So Comcast got rid of analogs above basic channels in my area... does having an extra analog tuner do anything for me?
Not much, especially for $129. I got the analog dongle free with the original Moxi and until recently used it, mapped to VOD Ch. 1, to enable standard-def recording from Comcast's DTA.
Now I'm using the DTA as a tuner for a DVD recorder. Unless a user maps analog channels to Moxi's EPG data Moxi can only buffer but not record from the dongle. But why bother when digital versions are available? Moxi can only map a given channel's data once!
Because Moxi apparently doesn't utilize PSIP designated virtual channel info it can't access Comcast's digital Extended Basic
in my area without a CableCARD, making its unscrambled QAM channel mapping a much less useful feature.
Here in Bellingham Comcast made the Extended Basic
digital cutover about 3 weeks ago. We don't have SDV. Now that things have apparently stabilized; here's how TiVo, Moxi, and the Sony hi-def DVR now operate when used without CableCARDS:
TiVo provides EPG data for Limited Basic
analog Chs. 2 through 28 plus 75 and 78. All actual digital channels above Ch. 28 are scrambled and unavailable except for a handful, also viewable from a DTA, as a promoted freebie extra.
All formerly analog Extended Basic
Chs. are now included in a totally new line-up of virtual Chs., viwable on HDTiVo with no EPG info. Hi-def simulcasts of OTA Chs. are available, using PSIP generated virtual OTA equivalent Ch. #'s with no EPG info.
Bottom line is that Comcast's Extended
and Limited Basic
Chs. remain watchable on HDTiVo, but only Limited Basic
Chs. have EPG info.
Moxi automatically maps all Comcast Limited Basic
Chs., including OTA hi-def simulcasts, to their Comcast channel numbers without viewer involvement. Hi-def Chs. use Comcast's numbering system instead of PSIP OTA equivalents. (IOW, Ch. 5 hi-def is Ch. 105, not 5.1)Moxi is totally oblivious to the new virtual Extended Basic channel numbers!
IOW, Comcast's Extended Basic Chs.
(except for the handful of unscrambled DTA promo channels) are not viewable from Moxi.
Sony's hi-def DVR accesses the same Comcast line-up as TiVo. If a viewer invests the time and effort (almost) the entire Comcast Extended Basic
Ch. line-up can be mapped to Sony's advanced (Ver. 8) TVGOS EPG.
A few minor mapping glitches, apparently related to subchannel groups, cause several channels not to be mappable at the same time as others but with apparently only 1 exception data is available for all channels. Sony's DVR is a single tuner recorder but aside from that significant limitation offers, at this time, in this area, the best and cheapest Comcast viewing experience with no CableCARD hassles or Additional Outlet Fees