Originally Posted by L.T.
Thank's Dave. Just to clarify, you are saying that the A-2000 is NOT cablecard ready? I know that Mediacom still offers them, just was not sure if my TV would accept one. I thought
when I bought it I was told it would accept one, something about a Quam tuner, but I admit I know very little about this stuff. Once again I appeciate your help.
OK, here's the deal: CableCARDs are a security device that, coupled with the set's QAM tuner, allow you to receive some (but not necessarily all) of premium channels (such as HBO) directly on your TV. It costs, it is reported, around $60 to add CableCARD capability to a set - so manufacturer's have been reluctant to add them to their lower priced lines (yes the A2000 was low priced compared to the XBRs). Further, CableCARDs didn't themselves provide 2-way communication with the cable system, so features requiring this (On-Demand, PPV, and now SDV) weren't available to CableCARD customers. So the manufacturers were seeing less demand for CC equipped sets, leading to even fewer CC equipped devices. This all is in the process of changing with "tru2way" technology that will start appearing in a year or so on new products.
Now, if you connect your A2000 to cable, you will likely be able to receive the local OTA HD channel using the QAM tuner in the TV (QAM is the modulation technique used by cable for digital TV - either SD or HD). But if you need the premium HD channels then your only option with Mediacom is to get a HD cable box from them.