Originally Posted by metropole
What is the cheapest way to get Comcast's HDTV?
I have currently an analog package. I see no reasons to get the Comcast Digital packages and I don't want a Comcast PVR (I have my HTPC). Can I simply add for $5.- HDTV to my analog cable?
cheapest way is to get the cheapest digital package and get a cable card. thats the cheapest way. even if you did convince them to add the 5 for the hd on to your account, you would not be able to pull in discoveryhd, espnhd, espn2hd, inhd,inhd2, tnthd, nflHD, comcastHD.
those are all encrypted and can not be decrypted even with a QAM tuner, therefore you either need a box or a card. its up to you the card is ALOT cheaper as its a one time fee and activation and not a stupid monthly charge. which ever way you go, good luck. you may be able to pull in wgn,cbs,nbc,abc hd without a card or box, however if thats all you want just go OTA. Also, you do know the HD channels will not be on the HTPC correct? as no cable tuner does any type of qam tuning would allow those to come in on it.