Originally Posted by Vic3038
I'm new to this thread and have been searching for a channel lineup for viewing HD channels directly through my Samsung LN-T4665f directly from the wall. I've been able to find a couple of channels but not all of them, especially Fox. Does anyone have a current list? Also, is it possible to see ESPN HD, Discovery HD, etc directly through the tv? Thanks in advance.
I use a FusionHDTV5 tuner card on my PC with MythTV and just went through the time consuming (but rewarding) process of scanning for all unencrypted QAM channels. Similar to how it was in the NYC market, all channels under 100 (as they are labeled in RCN's lineup) plus HD networks are unencrypted, so you should be able to get these with any QAM tuner. Ordering their lowest level of service will suffice. You might even be able to just order Internet service with no cable TV and still see these channels since all of them are digital.
Unfortunately, no HD channels other than the networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The U, WB, PBS) are available unencrypted. ESPN2 HD was coming in for a few days but they seem to have just recently encrypted it.
If you have one of their Motorola HD or HD/DVR boxes, there is a relatively easy way to find out if a channel is encrypted or not.
1. Power on the converter and tune to the channel that you want to check.
2. Turn the converter off with the remote and hit the "OK" button within a few seconds. This should bring up a "DIAGNOSTICS" screen.
3. Using the cursor keys on the remote, go down to the "d06 CURRENT CHANNEL STATUS" menu and press the "OK" button on your remote.
4. A few lines down from the top, you should see something that says "TYPE: DIGITAL". If you see "ENC" on the far right side of that same line - you guessed it - the channel is encrypted.
This is how I was able to verify that I wasn't going crazy and that ESPN2 HD really did disappear from the unencrypted lineup overnight! Hope that helps you folks!
If you're a MythTV user and want a channels.conf file so you don't have to go through the painful process of a manual QAM channel scan, feel free to send me a PM!