Originally Posted by codybear
When the analog gets turned off in June, will CC only be digital? Just verifying if my mom wants to record to the HDD, if she really needs the magnavox or if the phillips I'm purchasing is going to work for her.
Presumably so, but *only* for people who receive their TV via antenna? For "future-proofing" I suppose the 2160 would be a better choice IF your mother really *needs* digital CC... i.e., isn't just something she'd "like to have as an option" as many people do so they can "occasionally" be on the phone and still keep watching a program and not miss anything.
Here's some addtl info you really don't have to read.
IMO, people on cable might *eventually* see their cableco go to a pure digital signal, but then cablecos have been cheating subscribers for awhile now by charging for a "digital tier" when they're actually sending an analog signal, as described here
So, sending analog via "digital" cable seems like a "good deal" for cablecos when they can charge you more and STILL send an analog signal... seems like something the cablecos might like to keep doing, at least for awhile, esp. when they can TELL you they're going all-digital so you need to rent their box, and then possibly STILL keep sending an analog signal? This is just like now they tell new subs they need the box to see anything
... no digital channels included... when they HAVE TO keep sending all the local channels you can receive via antenna in-the-clear (unscrambled).
There are many refs to the FCC reg/rule that requires cablecos to NOT scramble local channels that you can receive OTA, which includes the four major networks.
On that subject, here's what I posted in another thread:Here's a GeekBeat article
that discusses this and more, with this part of special interest:
"If you just want basic cable and don’t want to pay for premium channels or digital service, you can tune in the same channels available via OTA HD over an analog cable connection. All you need is a TV that is able to tune in QAM256-based cable channels (which is the standard used by most U.S. cable carriers); most TVs with a CableCard have a QAM256 tuner built-in. Thanks to a FCC provision that requires cable carriers to offer local OTA HD channels unscrambled, you can get the absolute cheapest analog service your cable company provides and still get the Big Four’s HDTV shows."
(Note" the article is just talking about TVs, so cable cards and all don't apply to our DVDRs' ability to tune HD OTA channels they have to keep unscrambled.)
I get the HD versions of CBS, NBC, FOX and soon-to-be-added ABC in my basic (analog) cable sub., and those provide virtually 100% of what I record with my Philips 3575's and Mag 2160 on a daily basis.
I also receive 47 analog channels PLUS digital Discovery-HD, TNT-HD, TBS-HD, ESPN-HD, and ESPN2-HD.... AND I WOULDN'T TRADE ANY OF MY DIGITAL CHANNELS FOR ANOTHER 47 ANALOG CHANNELS!