Well, I received my "Good News" letter from Comcast, although I guess it's a matter of perspective since it doesn't feel like good news to me. I'm in the Elmhurst area and it's finally going all digital in the spring following in the footsteps of other suburbs.
I knew this was happening but didn't become too concerned until I saw that Comcast got approval to enable the security in their DTAs. As I currently have analog service and use no STB, just a connection from the wall to my equipment, I sense a great disturbance in my ability to record/time shift if the same analog expanded basic channels aren't going to be available in clear QAM. (No thanks, I'm not interested in their DVR or any additional service expenses)
I want to do some research and would really appreciate if someone could point me to the brand and model of STB and DTA that Comcast is deploying in the area as I'm not sure if they are consistent region to region. I want to review the specs and see if they have features like a timer/channel change capability and what are the various output options (i.e. RF, component, composite, HDMI, are they all active or only one at a time, etc). I don't want to wait too late before figuring out what I need to revamp or exploring other options.