Originally Posted by wulaw
OK. I'm brand new to this, and I'm trying to figure something out. I expect to have a HD plasma delivered tomorrow and the new Charter HD DVR on Friday.
So here's the situation: the new TV has a QAM tuner and when I was on the phone with Charter, the lady went through all of the HD channels I was entitled to (since I already subscribed to almost all of the premium channels) and "enabled" them so I would be ready to go when I get the box. So does this mean that I can run the HD DVR in through HDMI and also run a coax (split before running into DVR) into the TV and use the QAM tuner and get all of the digital (premium and non) channels that are part of my package, therefore enabling PIP for ALL channels? Or stated differently, are the digital channels filtered by Charter at the pole, or in the cable box itself? Does anyone know?
Whooo... I'm out of breath just reading that. Well the answer is....
Yes, and No, and Yes, and well No.
Charter does NOT do clear QAM, so you won't get all the premium and all digital channels - however, your mileage will vary because when they enable a premium its for a segment of their network, so you will randomly receive some premium QAM channels. The old thread contains a list of all the free QAM (unencrypted) and a list of some of the "premiums" that have popped up at times. I'm sure someone will post a better/clearer response than me.
However - you might want to invest in an antenna before you worry about QAM because Charter doesn't have CBS or ABC HD channels - something I'm sure you'll want Feb. 4th around 5PM.