Originally Posted by oriolesmagic
I don't feel bad for people affected by this encryption at all.
A large chunk of them are thieves getting the local channels for free with a splitter.
Dude, that's kind of harsh. I'm someone who actually pays for Limited Basic (and used to pay for Expanded Basic before they encrypted everything), and enjoyed not needing a box on every TV and tuner in my house.
Why should I be penalized because Comcast decided to get into the ISP business, and they can't figure out how to provide Internet without leaking Limited Basic channels at the same time? How many of these brigands will actually pony up and pay for Limited Basic once everything is encrypted?
The main problem I have is: Comcast has had 15+ years to come up with a way to encrypt their signal all the way up to some kind of demarc point on the residence, from which would you could distribute the unencrypted signal throughout your house to as many tuners (TV's VCRs, DVRs, PC tuner cards, etc.) as you like. They never did it in the analog HBO/Showtime days, and they never did it with the introduction of Digital Cable.
The box thing wouldn't be so bad, except you can't buy a box (particularly, a used box) to defer those ridiculous rental fees. And Tivo doesn't count (a required $13+ monthly fee?).
At $15 per month, I should own the thing outright after 10 months (and that's being generous). It's getting better now with the HDHR Prime CCs, Ceton InfiniTVs, and Hauppauge 2650/3250's of the world, but still.