Originally Posted by DiveFan
[quote name="Derek87" ... snip ... i got my cable box today -- it wasn't a DTA, but a full blown clunky SD digital box. i hooked it up and it works fine...not sure how much use it will get and it's probably a waste of electricity. if and when i decide to try out a HDHomeRun Prime, i may ask them if i can swap it with a cable card.
btw, the picture quality really looks poor on this box...i guess i am way too used to HD
Just got back from a family visit in the SFBA. Since my last trip she got upgraded from an SD to an HD STB where I noticed some changes:
- the PQ was better (same 37", 720p HD TV) but not great. I attribute that mostly to her TV - my 37" 1080p TV looks much better. Still, it looks like they 'bandwidth shape' too much.
- she's now in an all digital area - no analog channels. A tuner rescan brought up several dozen unencrypted QAM channels, almost all OTA sources. Wierdly, Discovery Channel was still among them.
- the Program Guide on the Cisco RNG150N is superb
, by contrast to the steaming pile of 'software' on the old Moto DCH70 and better than other PGs seen at TWC, DirecTV and Dish. Can those old STBs run the new guide?
HSI was a mixed bag but that's another post.[/quote]
thanks for sharing... did the QAM channels look any better than those coming through the box?
interesting note: i have not powered up the SD box once since the day it arrived. so that shows how little TV we are watching and maybe i should just unplug it for now.
OT, but since you mentioned it -- although customer service is a mixed bag, for fast bandwidith, at least for us, Comcast is basically the only game in town. it's on the spendy side you don't negotiate a deal, but i don't have any other options if i want the 57/11 downl/upload rates we get. (and these are now sustained...no powerboost anymore). the reason i even have Comcast TV is really because it ends up being a freebie with HSI.
of course, even further off topic, i am finding that in day-to-day use, there really is no practical difference for our usuage patterns between this and the lower (performance) tier of service which is roughly half the speed. yet, i'd be hard pressed to go back to DSL which tops off at about 6mbit download for our area.
hopefully, in time, we'll have more choices once my two year agreement is over...