Originally Posted by MarcSparks
Well, I answered my own question I guess. Got the TV tonight and it does appear to have QAM. No cable box, no antenna, and it detected like 200 or so digital channels to go with the 70 analog stations. Problem is I can't actually see any of the digital ones (It just says "No Picture" when I go to them, anyone know a solution?). Comcast must block them or something, even though I do pay for digital cable and an HD box for my set out in the living room.
I know it has QAM though since I do get all the locals in HD, and I'm about 50-60 miles away from those stations so it's definitely through the cable.
Pretty happy with the purchase all in all. SD is really pretty good after some minor tweaks, especially if you leave it in its proper aspect, but I like to stretch it anyways. HD is great as expected. Will have to check the DVD via component tomorrow, and the 360 whenever it comes back from repair (3-5% my a$$). Don't have anything to test the HDMI though, kind of a bummer.
If the QAM channel is encrypted, then you will only get a black screen, and there is nothing you can do as far as a solution. Not sure about Comcast in other areas, but I have Comcast here in the Sellersville PA area, and I didn't even need to have a digital subscription to get the unencrypted digital channels .... all I had was the analog package and I was receiving all unencrypted digital channels for the last 2 years! Over that time, Comcast has encrypted a lot more of their digitals, but there were still quite a few unencrypted digitals in this area which were still coming through 4-5 months ago. At that time I still had the basic analog package, and using a QAM capable TV and a QAM PC TV tuner card I was getting the digital channels no problem.
I just picked up the 227v a few days ago. It works pretty well right out of the box, but as noted prior, tweaking is definitely needed in the settings, especially to get the SD channels to acceptable levels. All-in-all I am quite happy with the TV and will definitely be keeping it, though I just saw the 232v go on sale at CC, and it was very tempting to take the 227v back in exchange for the extra 5" of HD pleasure!