Originally Posted by postman
We live in Redmond and disconnected our cable TV over the summer. I just called to reinstate and the CSR told me that on August 22 Comcast stopped analog broadcasting of all but the local channels. Is this true? I have a homebrew PVR with 2 capture cards, and if I can no longer just plug the cable into them I have a major headache of setting up 2 STBs and IR blasters and weeks of pain
There's no information on the City of Redmond cable franchise
site mentioning the phase-out of analog service. 83% of Redmond households are cable subscribers, according to the City.
It was odd that a Comcast rep described their company as engaged in "broadcasting
". Using the very precise legal semantics Comcast itself uses in court proceedings asserting its immunity to certain types of regulation, Comcast itself is not a broadcaster and does not "broadcast" anything
. Comcast content is "narrowcast
" to its paying subscribers only via cable, rather than to the general public via OTA transmission.
The analog-to-digital cable migration is unrelated to the OTA Digital TV Transition. Redmond might be a test location for the planned analog-to-digital channel migration. This is why Comcast won't offer you "expanded basic" service. You probably could ask "limited cable service" tier (about $16/month) and receive some analog channels, but even in that service tier, some of these channels are being gradually "bumped up to digital".
Even if you opt for "limited" service, you may need a Comcast's low-end digital STBs (described on their price sheet as "limited cable service customer equipment" for $1/month) to view some of the "limited" channels unless you have a properly-functioning clear QAM decoder available on your TV/VCR/other tuning device. Comcast's $1/month STB only provides a 480p standard-def picture, though; Comcast will make you pay extra to receive the actual HD local stations as well as to receive an HD STB.