This is to prevent a neighbor from stealing what was formerly available in the Clear as an "Analog" signal.
Basic/base/standard analog channels/services were never blocked/scrambled/encrypted, why should the same channels/services be encrypted now just because they are "digital"?
Unfounded, uncalled for paranoia.
SD QAM looks just about as bad as analog, other than the lack of interference from of all the digital carriers to those analog channels, their overly compressed SD sub channels are terrible.
Encrypt smear?? There is nothing worth "stealing".
Edited by videobruce - 9/16/12 at 5:49am