Originally Posted by steveww48
I have a 3-year old 2160 that's working fine, but I'm concerned that an upcoming change to our cable system will render this device unusable for all practical purposes. I'm hoping someone here can offer some advice...
In about two months my local cable system will complete a transition to all-digital signals and when the analog channels are shut down all channels will be encrypted. I'm concerned that this will neuter the tuner on my 2160 and make it impossible to program recordings.
Here is my current setup:
*Cable from the wall goes to a splitter
*One output from the splitter goes into the cable box (this box allows us to get "Digital Cable" channels, which are already encrypted)
*The other output from the splitter goes to the 2160
This setup allows me to watch any channel (including digital cable channels) and record any channel that isn't
digital cable, and that's just fine. If I could continue to operate this way, that would be great.
But my current understanding is that after the conversion is complete, all channels will be encrypted and the tuner on my 2160 won't be able to tune the encrypted signal so I won't be able to program any recordings.
The cable company is providing DTA-50 devices (two free ones per household) for cable-ready TV's that are not connected to cable boxes. The DTA converts the digital signal to analog but the channel must be tuned on the DTA, not on the TV (the TV is tuned to channel 3). So it doesn't appear to me that using a DTA in this setup would help, because there is no way to program the DTA to change channels.
Meanwhile, the cable company tells me that most other cable systems have already done this conversion ("we are behind in making this transition"). Given the activity on this forum, I'm guessing that some of you are already in this situation (receiving an all-digital feed), and I'm wondering how you've set up your recorders so that they are functional?
Maybe the fly in the ointment is that not every cable system has taken the step of encrypting everything? Or am I missing something about how I can alter my connection scheme to make this work?
Thanks for any advice you can offer.