Originally Posted by DAP
Check the fine print at the bottom. Mine says " QAM tuner TVs will continue to receive Limited Basic channels without a digital device."
In Santa Clara (95050), I can confirm QAM tuners no longer pick up most of the local HD programming. You get the static info screen regarding the need to obtain a DTA via the Comcast "Digital Now" site. I had persisted until now running my Limited Basic subscription against my QAM tuners without real issues since I could pick up the local HD feeds, which is all I need. Since the transition to "Digital Now" they have fully encrypted everything it seems, including local channels, such that you require a Digital Tuner Adapter (DTA) for access. It appears this is basically an IP device that allows them to "authorize" the device at the provider end to decode their now-fully-digital feeds. It has its own remote and such since it is intended to function as a cable box.
However, the deal breaker for me... the DTA only outputs analog/SD... it is literally an analog output to channel 3 (or 4) on your TV and it's as horrible as we all remember analog SD television to be. This is simply unacceptable.
I am going to cancel my subscription with Comcast tomorrow and just go OTA so I can get the HD channels back... I thought the local HD feeds were mandated by the FCC to be available to all customers no matter what level of service? Perhaps I am mistaken. Regardless, I've put this off for too long since our complex has a roof-mounted OTA setup we can tap into.
edit: I should add... the info on the Comcast FAQ site appears erroneous. From http://customer.comcast.com/help-and-support/cable-tv/not-do-anything-for-digital-migration/
In either area, a TV with a QAM tuner will receive Limited Basic channels without a digital device.
The above appears to NOT be true whatsoever. With a QAM tuner directly connected to the feed, local HD channels such as KGO/KQED/KRON and many other channels appear to be unavailable since the migration. Losing KQED in HD is a travesty.
They seem to repeat the above info again regarding QAM tuners on this page, which is also erroneous: http://customer.comcast.com/help-and-support/cable-tv/who-is-affected-by-digital-migration/
Edited by scootle - 10/19/12 at 7:24am
Note: The Digital Adapter does not support HD signals. Comcast offers HD cable boxes for a monthly service fee that provide access to over 1,000 HD choices. If you wish to keep access to broadcast HD channels, you can continue to receive the Limited Basic channels (including broadcast HD) without Comcast equipment, but Expanded Basic channels or higher channel levels wouldn’t be accessible.