Originally Posted by ScrambledBits
Digiblur, I'm confused about the QAM tuner on basic cable. I saw 2 of your posts that I'm going to extract:
"The only reason you can't get WGMB... But I do pick them up just fine with my QAM tuner on basic cable though so I'm still happy." and
"I use my own homegrown version of a DVR. ... and Cox basic cable on ANT2 for the QAM channels."
HD and basic cable? I've got Cox. I scanned for channels 2 days ago due to power failure and picked up a few digital channels numbered somewhere between 7x-yy, 8x-yy, and 9x-yy. When I tried to look at the HD picture on WVLA earlier tonight, it wouldn't come in until a commercial came on. Saw the commercial, and when the program came back, the screen went blank again. I assume that's because Cox scrambled the HD signal. I've got a QAM tuner in my TV. Apparently, you're getting an HD picture over basic cable. What am I missing?
While I'm at it, is it possible to tune directly to the subchannel if you know what it is (80-19 for example), or can you only get to them if the TV finds them (tune to 80 and hope the TV finds the signal on 19)?
Thanks for the help.
They are messing around the PSIP on the QAM clear channels. NBC used to be at 80-19 and PBS was 80-23. They are still located on channel 80 but they are mapped differently. PBS is now 25-1 or 27-1, I don't remember which. I lost NBC altogether on TV's QAM tuner but I know it's still at 80 because I can see it on the MyHD-130 tuner card in my HTPC.
Fox is 44-1, WB is 10-1, CBS is 9-1, ABC is 2-1, etc. There are a few other QAM64 channels in the clear too SoapNet 83-4, etc.
I'm not sure about your specific equipment but usually you have to do a scan and you can't jump straight to a subchannel on TV tuner.
And yes, you can get HD signals on a basic only subscription (channel 2-24). Cox only blocks out 24/25-73ish. Digital carrier channels start at channel 79 and go up to 115 or so. Several of the HD locals are on channel 80, 99, 100, etc.