Originally Posted by WackyPacks
Really??? Digital adapters can get all the HD and SD channels? What is the difference then between the digital adapter and a regular HD box? No program guide and video-on-demand?
I hooked two Cisco boxes up at my father's house. It does handle at least some of his Variety Tier as far as I can tell, though I didn't go in depth. Definitely provides HD channels and digital SD channels even over RF (in SD of course; if you want HD channels in actual HD, use the HDMI.) Lacks PPV and VOD, no guide, but under the menu it gives a decent scrolling list of channels so you're not just going one at a time through 500+ channels.
The IR extender works and the remote has a good list of TV codes, from the biggies to more obscure makes (he had a Hitachi and Toshiba TV.) This is very helpful if you don't have a Harmony remote. You can set it up to control volume, too, either from the TV or the box.
It does take longer to activate than any cable box I've handled. So be patient.
If what you guys say is true, then wouldn't most people who don't care about VOD and Program Guide just get digital adapters since it costs less than a regular box?
You can. It's a little clunkier than a cable box in terms of changing channels, but otherwise provides most of what the cable boxes bring. So yeah, if you want to save some money per month, these are definitely an option.