Originally Posted by quattroG
Well, now RCN is encrypting all the basic channels. You will now be required to rent a stb for every tv in your home to get any channels from RCN. This was a change in the FCC rules back in Dec of last year. The FCC has been horrible when it comes to protecting the consumer.
Define "basic". Do you mean broadcast channels? Or non-premium cable channels (CNN, A&E, AMC, ESPN, etc)?
Cablevision in NYC has been encrypting everything for years, and got a waiver to do so. (It's more cost efficient to encrypt everything than it is to terminate drops in apartment buildings - also cuts down on truck rolls, thereby saving the environment...)
Cablevision in other areas provides the broadcast channels in clear QAM. A STB is required for everything else.
As more and more people use cable for their Internet connection, you will see most channels encrypted. This will remove the need of the cable company to install filters on drops to homes of those who only subscribe to for internet. Encryption means no low or high pass filters are required.
-DougEdited by dstoffa - 3/13/13 at 1:59pm