Originally Posted by Mitch G
The basic cable channels - essentially the channels you are getting analog today will be delivered over clear QAM and not require any dta or other settop box if your tv has a QAM tuner
They won't be the hd versions if the channels - but they aren't now either.
From what I've read this change was made due to customer input and re- affirms why I like wow so much
They see their customers as partners and not as simply sources of money
I can confirm the same in SE MI/Detroit area.
This is exactly why I switched from ComShaft to WoW over 10 years ago, the day WoW came to our area!
WoW actually did THE RIGHT THING- all the analog cable channels are now ClearQAM SD Digital! This means my Panasonic DVD Recorder decks will still function, as well as my QAM equipped MythTV boxen! (Linux Media Center/PVR).
Seeing how Comcast shafted users by encrypting everything (SD and HD digital) after their analog-digital switchover in this area a year or two ago, even when the analog SD basic was unscrambled, WoW took the High Road.
During the transition, most of my 80+ basic cable channels (HGTV, Food, AMC, HIST, etc) are available in both analog and SD Digital, so I can compare the two. The SD digital is sharper, no analog noise and better colors, so other than some digital compression artifacts (varies by channel and content), the picture is an improvement (again, comparing SD-SD analog to digital, apples-apples).
So, I got a net gain out of the deal, with the ability to use my set top DVD recorders (built in QAM tuners, Panny 485EZ decks) and PC Media Centers, no box rentals.
I am a happy camper.
I would have canceled and gone OTA antenna if they had Comshafted us.