Originally Posted by dave1smith
I don't know what QAM is, but here are my stations that I can remember:
ABC = 24.1
CWS = 30.1
Fox = 80.1
NBC = 80.2
My Natl Geographic is slightly different, 74.2 I think
All this is from memory (I'm not at home).
Are looking at the same page here?
Thanks for the info on the Fox and NBC HD channels. I'll see if I've got them on those stations when I get home. If you find your physical channels don't match mine at all, please let me know and I won't post the lineup on some wiki that I found on the web--no sense in providing irrelevant info.
I don't know much about this but I think QAM is some form of modulation that the cable companies do to their digital TV signals. So, one needs a QAM-compatibile tuner to decode (watch/hear) the signal. Then, of course, the digital broadcast over the cable can either be unencrypted or encrypted. If it's encrypted, then one needs one of their cable boxes to see/hear the channel. If it's unecrypted, one shouldn't need a box from the cable company.
I'm a little concerned if your Natl Geographic is on a different channel than mine--maybe not everyone will have the same channel lineup. That'll make it hard to post this info and help each other figure it out.
As far as being on the same page goes, my setup may be different that what most people on the forum have. I don't have a digital tuner in my TV, I just have an HD-ready TV. I have a homemade computer I built and I'm using SageTV software to record/watch TV. So, my setup with an HD-ready TV and a computer might be quite a bit different than those whom have HD-tuners in their TV's (pretty much any TV for sale these days). Also, to get the digital cable that's unencrypted, I'm using a little box called a HDHomerun from Silicon Dust. It's a box that has two ports to connect to cable and one RJ-45 port to hook up to a switch/router on one's home network. This HDHomerun tuner can be used for either over-the-air digital TV when you connect to an antenna or the unencrypted QAM digital TV through cable. I'm trying to get it working well with cable TV, but if I don't get enough channels I'll probably just switch those two tuners in the HDHomerun to over-the-air.
By the way, I live in the north part of Barlett and I'm able to get over-the-air reception quite good these days with a Terk TV5 antenna (it's multidirectional). It worked fairly well atop my TV on the ground floor, but I recently wired my whole house for Cat6 cable and RG-6 cable and now have the antenna in the 2nd story attic and the digital TV works really well now--not too many dropouts. I've got the over-the-air going into the computer into a PCI card from ATI that receives digital TV. I got the HDHomerun to add more tuners so I could record 3 HD shows at once...then I saw that I might be able to get digital cable on it...so now I'm fiddling with that...