The issue here is whether the signal is scrambled or not, not HD or non-HD.
I have Comcast most $10 basic service (bundled with Internet) in Metro Boston. I don't have STB; none was offered. I splitted the cable input for Analog and Digital. I got the basic analog channels. On the digital side, I
Bravo (528x480 funny format reported by the Sanyo)
PBS-HD (HD 1920 x1080)
Fox (HD 1280x720p)
ABC (HD 1280x720)
NBC (HD 1920x1080)
ABC News Now (704 x 480 ??)
CBS (HD 1920x1080)
PBS (704x480 ??)
PBS World (720x480)
PBS Create (720x480
PBS WGBH Kids (720x480)
30-40 music (sub)channels. Hey I am not complaining.
Don't foget the QAM tuner in your Sanyo only can receive unscrambled signal. For example, I know Comcast is starting to offer Discovery-HD in my area, but the Sanyo can not receive it because the signal is scrambled. Same with the other pay channels such as HBO. You need Comcast HD STB to recevice the scrambled digital signals, HD or non-HD. (Last month, Comcast had some equipment problems in my area and they "opened up" 5-6 pay channels like HBO, Cin-MAX, INHD, and etc. During that time, My Sanyo got all those channels.)
Comcast does not have one scrambling "policy" across all the areas. Comcast in your area may have different "scrambling" policy. If you can't get the basic local channels you want, then you next best bet is to use antenna for your digital (HD and non-HD) broadcasts.
|Originally posted by sensibull
Hoping someone out there can help me clear an issue I'm having with my 30"...
My cable company (Comcast) specifically states that "HD local broadcast signals are included with Basic Service subscription and HD cable box (see equipment pricing)."
Now, unless I'm wrong, the Sanyo takes care of the HD cable box side of things with its tuner. I have the Basic Service subscription, which I have split into the digital and analog tuners, but I am currently only able to get NBC and PBS in hi-def. I can get ABC digitally, but not in hi-def, and FOX and CBS are nowhere to be found.
Is it possible that Comcast's HD cable box is necessary to descramble the HD signals? If so, why would I be able to get NBC? A large part of the reason I got this TV (especially the 30" version) was to watch HDTV, but I am also a cheap bastard (another reason I got this tv) and I refuse to pay for something I should be able to get anyway.
Any ideas out there for grabbing the other HD channels without paying for Comcast's box (I've already tried an old UHF antenna I had in the attic, as well as Radioshacks 15-1880, neither of which reliably grabbed me anything but NBC).