Originally Posted by rbmcgee
Is the opposite of "Clear QAM" encrypted QAM?
Correct. To get the encrypted stuff you need:
1. A cable box from the cable company; or
2. A TV with cableCARD; or
3. A DVR with cableCARD; or
4. A pre-built HTPC with cableCARD.
There was talk of allowing consumers to buy their own cable box and put a cableCARD in it, but I don't know if this has happened.
See here for more info:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CableCARD
Typically the cable companies broadcast the main networks (ABC, NBC, FOX, etc.) in the clear.