Originally Posted by toby10
As bcarlson has said: yes. But I'd suggest doing a little reading on just what Clear QAM is and how it works. The cable co's put these few local ch's on obscure ch #'s (like your local ch 5 may be ch 402 on QAM) and are known to move these ch's around from time to time, just to piss off us freeloaders.
If the ch #'s are moved you will probably have to do an entire re-scan of the QAM ch's to get them back (and figure out where they moved them too).
I've been using the DTB-H260F for about 2 years to get the local channels in clear QAM from Comcast cable. The locals all get mapped to "normal" sounding channel numbers (6.1, 8.2, 23.1). Comcast has only remapped the channels once since in the last 2 years. When they did it, I had to rescan, but the channels mapped back to their correct channels again, so I didn't need to figure out where they moved to.
There are tons of channels that do appear on strange channels, like 127.14. For me, those are all music channels and my neighbor's pay per view movies. Not stuff I pay any attention to.
I don't think this is a reason to not go with clear qam. For me it's a great solution. I don't want to pay for additional programming and I don't want to pay a monthly fee for hardware. I just want to see the locals in HD for football and a couple of shows. I also don't know if I agree that people who use clear qam are considered freeloaders. Almost all new TVs come with qam tuners, and I think the majority of the people buying these TVs are not immediately renting a new box from their cable company. Of course the cable companies want you to rely on them for HD content, but I think they are starting to realize the fact that not everyone wants to pay their outrageous fees.