Originally Posted by erickotz
While I certainly agree that the OP should seriously consider a CableCARD tuner, every Comcast market that I am aware of charges for CableCARD rentals. I believe some provide the first free, but not all. Can you please tell me where it says this?
Here is a link to Comcast that states the policy they have;http://customer.comcast.com/help-and...g-a-cablecard/
The title is very misleading and surmize they mean to suggest that CC devices can be purchased not the cablecard itself. The policy states that the first cableCARD is free and a second one is $1.50 per month if a second one is needed for the same device (some TIVO model needs two cards to function). No one seems to know what a second card for a second device costs from Comcast!
Where things get sticky is if you are using an HD package or an add on to an SD package. If you have basic digital package or extended digital package this does not include HD channels (except local clearQAM HD which is still free as per FCC rules which many correctly state could be changed by the end of summer just in time for football). If you upgrade these to HD it will cost 8 to $10 more per month with these packages depending on your market (they just announce a $1 increase in some markets). If you buy the HD starter package that fee is include in the overall package charge. In most areas you will get a $2.50 credit per month for having your own tuner with the double or triple play options but not always with SD cable only.
FYI - The SilconDust Prime without a cable card installed will tune all clearQAM signals (unencrypted local channels) but it is a bit of a challenge at times to get them to autopopulate into WMC. The CableCARD makes this way too easy and is a real joy from this aspect. And comcast has a habit of moving clearQAM channels around their network and it is a pain to wake up and not see any channels once or thrice a year.
Also to clarify some other info - "SD analog" does not exist. Standard definition is 480 digital, HD is 720 or 1080 digital, analog is a totally different tuning system. Though it is possible that Comcast in your area may still have analog channels it is not likely (some smaller markets do still have analog because they have not had a large demand on their broadband service yet).
Eric - as a side note - read your posting to FCC regarding the proposed changes and understand your position. I basically felt that the Cable companies have not been doing a good enough job with the third party products like Ceton and SiliconDust or even TIVO. That the encryption of extended basic channels did not have the affect they originally intended to achieve which was a variety of fully functional third party devices and staffs that make those product easy to install across all service provider platforms. I do not feel that the providers techs are up to speed on installtions of such products which should have ended by now. Still many people are told that their cable company does not support these devices. It is funny how fast that changes when you file a complaint with the FCC right now. One guy reported on the SiliconDust forum that they filed a complaint one night and had a call from an upper level tech at Time Warner at 9 am the next day and a tech on sight in half an hour!!! So until the FCC makes a ruling we got some leverage against uninformed cable company employees from the higher ups in the corporation who want no complaints right now about third party product integration.