Can anyone confirm for certain that Comcast is in fact rolling out encryption this week/now/next month?
Originally Posted by seatacboy
I think this is the week Comcast phases in encryption of the remaining "Clear QAM" channels. This is the final step of Comcast's "Project Cavalry" initiative. Thank you, FCC, for allowing large cable companies to extinguish the usefulness of Clear QAM tuners.
I'm in 98133, and currently use QAM tuners in my WMC box as the primary TV, with (2) extenders. I'm subscribed to Limited Basic. I only need/want the primary networks in HD, and DO NOT want to increase my monthly subscription package.
Can I purchase a Cable Card Tuner, get a cable card, and retain the LIMTED BASIC subscription level and receive the HD channels that I currently receive, or is some HD Fee or other Digital Package pricing required?
Is there anyone running a similar setup with an initialized CC Tuner and the Limited Basic package? Can you confirm that KOMO/KING/KIRO/KCPQ are in HD?
Comcast's website appears to indicate that the "Limited Basic" plan has access to (10) HD channels, but knowing that I'm an oddball (and unwanted) customer scenario, I'm not sure that this information is actually accurate. Similar issue with even trying to call customer service; I'm sure they don't have a clue. These are all currently in HD unencrypted QAM, but I don't know if they'll lose the "HD" part when/if I go with a CCT + Card. Some actual live feedback would be great to know.
I would prefer not to have to go to the hassle of purchasing a CCT, getting a card setup, just to find out that I HAVE to raise my cable rate by $50 and get some package with channels I don't need or want.
My alternative is to try working with an OTA antenna, but that's another hassle and installation cost that I'm not terribly keen on trying out yet, and I'm not sure if I've actually got adequate broadcast reception at my location.