Originally Posted by ybsane
NP, when they first power up or go to de-fault( looses billing Key info) the only thing they pick up is Clear QAM streams, just so everyone knows.
I work for a small local cable provider and we are going through a digital transition. At least for the Expanded Basic tier, it's linear digital video (not switched). Customers with a QAM tuner can receive all Expanded Basic channels in-the-clear. PSIP information gives the QAM channels the same virtual channel numbers they would have with a converter box.
We use the DTA 170HD. Even though it doesn't have PPV, VOD, or IPG, it's technically more-comparable to an Explorer DHCT than to a clearQAM tuner. Whenever one is connected for the first time, it is in "brick mode" and needs a special kind of hit sent from the headend to activate it.
I'm really disappointed that this device doesn't have power/channel buttons built-in. If the customer loses the remote, there's no way to change the channel. I'd actually prefer that it would have no power button at all (not even on the remote). It can only lead to confusion when grandma doesn't understand that her TV is on and the DTA is off.
Don't get me started on the remote. It's terrible.