Originally Posted by bfoster
So you knew you needed an antenna, invited guests over to see an HD game without said antenna and let them down. You subscribe to the lowest level Cable package, and then blame this whole thing on Cox?
Your double-speak is wasting my time
Your guests probably thought the same thing yesterday
To be fair, the announcer on the cox commercials says that 1. HD programming is free, and 2. "including you local HD"
You have to look close to see what channel's logos are not present in the background, and also somehow assume that the channels they do offer are free with the rental of their digital box, and some other BS plan.
If indeed the statements of the announcer on the cox commercial were true, technically all locals should be available unencrypted 256QAM, whether they carry them or not. A fair assumption if the game he was trying to watch was on CBS.
Have'nt come across a listing of what exactly can be receieved unencrypted on Cox Hampton Roads via a DTV STB supporting QAM.
Also, the original reason for cable back in the 70's was to do away with antennas. Must-carry laws for analog insure that anything recievable via antenna, must be carried by the local cable provider. The lowest cable plan will give you that in the analog world and has for years. A fair assumption is that it should in the digital world as well. We all know this is not the case, but if all I wanted was the locals, I'm not going to pay more than what I used to pay.
Until then, I've got a big-ol' antenna in my attic, tweaked to the exact angle via coordinates off of antennaweb.org, recieving a multi-path ridden UHF signal that is highly affected by the weather and low-flying helocopters and planes. (Due to the nature of UHF and the way 8VSB works) Otherwise signal is 90%. Oh, and thats when the local affiliates don't have an issue with their transmitters. (Not to mention the feed itself)
Oh, and our love-affair with MPEG-2 screws the image even if you have got a good signal. Nothing out there is software upgradable to MPEG-4 either. HD for the masses will most likely be available about the time we go to the moon again.