Originally Posted by JER01
I have the 2160A I am using with Comcast limited basic
and no cable box
. I program many new programs to start by timer. I watch/record only the hi-def channels.
I just got a letter from Comcast informing me that starting Aug 14, 2012, I will need a cable box or digital adapter on all my tv's to continue watching my limited basic channels. This is in support of their effort to get rid of all their analog channels.
I have a few questions about the effect this may have on my recording/viewing. Note: I have virtually no knowledge of what this digital adapter is/does. I will likely be selecting the digital adapter as opposed to the Cable box. Or maybe nothing at all if the options turn out to be all bad.
 Will I get a Hi Def signal thru this digital adapter?
 Will I need a separate comcast remote?
 If I set up my Mag to start and stop at certain times and change channels to the desired channels, will that take place, or will the digital adapter get in the way of the progammed channel change? If I chose the cable box, would I have a similar problem?
 Is Comcast bluffing, or are they really going to block some of the clear QAM channels?
Note: It says in fine print that Clear QAM tuner TV's will continue to receive limited basic channels 2-4, 6-7, 10-14, 16-19, 24, 95 & 96. I have not yet checked which QAM channels those are equivalent to in my area. or if they are hi-def channels.
I may have left out some important questions. Any other drawbacks to the Comcast actions?
Thanks in advance.
Thought I would give you an update on this, in case any of you are going thru a similar experience. I waited silently for the change without contacting Comcast [CC] as Wajo recommended.
D-Day has come & gone and I am very pleased with the outcome. I lost access to the Analog channels, which I expected. You get the blue CC screen msg if you try to access one of these channels. But that does not bother me since I deleted almost all the analog channels after the scan process anyway. Everything else seems to be as it was before the change. I still get all the digital HD channels for the local OTA broadcasts and I still get WGN and Cspan. CC is still providing the Clear QAM channels for local broadcast channels + WGN + Cspan. And I don't need to to bother with any set top boxes or the little boxes [whatever they call those]. Great News!!!! For now. Not sure how much longer this will be the case. None of the channel numbers changed. I did not even have to rescan my TV's or Mags. Thanks for the good advice Wajo.
The only slight hiccup I had was in my bedroom, which is after a few splitters and a long cable run. I had to use the Analog feed to pickup CW, because I could not pull in the digital HD feed from CC for CW. After the change, the Analog CW feed was a blue screen. But CC also provides a 480p feed of most channels, including CW. So I am using the digital 480p feed for CW now.
In the literature [+ a robo call] CC sent me re this change, they made it sound like I would lose the HD local channel feed + WGN & Cspan. And I would only be left with the 480p versions of the local OTA channels. I wasn't even sure I would get such local channels as ION, THIS, PBS2,3, or Antenna TV - I do get them. They also made it sound like I would have to get their boxes to get that. Not so!
Dodged a bullet, for a while anyway. If & when CC stops providing clear QAM feed for the local channels, I will say goodbye to them and go OTA.
JerEdited by JER01 - 8/20/12 at 12:20pm