Awesome video, hype rising, it's gonna be a tough 2 week wait.
Question that I'm hoping you experts might be able to help me out with. My internet provider is Charter, fast speeds at a decent price with no caps, there really is no other option in my town for fast internet. When the cable was being set up at my house, the installer was a family friend, so he did something to the connection so that the "basic" cable TV channels would pass through as well as internet.
I have a splitter on my cable line in my entertainment center, one end goes to my cable modem, the other plugs straight into the back of my Samsung. When i first plugged it into the back of my TV, I had to run a settup from me TVs main menu to "decode" the channels. Once I had done this, I was able to get the basic cable channels and locals in HD. Best part is I'm not paying a dime for it.
So, my question, I obviously can't plug in my coax that is currently going into my TV into the XB1, would I be able to get something like this:
And then run the HDMI out from that decoder box to the XB1? Do you think there would be a guide the XB1 would be able to decipher from the coax signal coming from the cable box?
I originally wanted to plug my appltv into the XB1, but If I can watch my local NFL game in HD and snap that to the Directv sunday ticket streaming via the internet explorer app, that would be amazing.
Which leads me to the followup question, any reason why the Directv Sunday ticket streaming service via the IE web browser wouldn't work on the XB1? I assume the IE app on the XB1 supports flash......
I've done all of the above.. so I should be able to answer a few questions.
1) The installer didn't do anything special. He simply split the coax feed from Charter and ran one cable to to your modem, the other to your tv. A $1 splitter and some coax, and you could do the same thing yourself.
2) Most people don't realize that because the same RG6 cable connection is providing both TV & Internet service.. that "free" cable tv & local channels are available by simply hooking up a DTV tuner capable device to the coax cable going into your modem.
3) Your Samsung TV is able to show basic cable & local channels in HD, because they are broadcast that way and still not encrypted. Should your cable company decide to encrypt those channels.. say goodby to the "free tv" and hello to paying for a cable subscription and decrypting cable box. Cable companies have realized that quite a few of their smarter customers have realized that they can basic cable & local channels for "free" by only subscribing to the internet service. Because of that, they've begun to encrypt channels forcing customers to pay for access to that content.
4) I know for a fact Comcast now encrypts their basic tv service. Going back like 12 years ago.. I would use DirectTV for my cable tv service, but Comcast for my internet service. I loved having basic cable & locals in HD for free.. Comcast eventually put a stop to that. As of last year, Comcast was still allowing the digital local HD channels (QAM) over their RG6 coax connection but the basic stuff was no longer available.
5) I do believe your idea to buy a DTV decoder box and use the HDMI out feed into your XB1 should work as you plan. The XB1's IR blaster should be able to control the DTV tuner box with no issues. Should it work with no issues, I would imagine those people who have ended their cable tv service be very happy. And that many people (non-Comcast customers at least) will be looking to drop their cable TV subscription.