Originally Posted by MRG1
I have updatedhttp://mgrunes.com/comcast.html
which is a list of Comcast Preferred Channel Lineup channels, available from Comcast in North College Park, with some notes on which channels were included the Digital Starter package.
That could use some simplification. It's very confusing.
Quite a few channels now require the cable box that didn't used to.
Yes, this is old news. Since 2008, Comcast has been implementing Project Cavalry, which removes analog channels and encrypts digital ones except for locals, gov/edu/shop/public service, and a very few others that vary from area to area.
Next up they will eliminate all analog channels
and encrypt all digital channels
, which has already started in some areas.
A message appears on the screen indicating that you need a digital cable box to see [most] channels. I guess that means they must be using about the same bandwidth to transmit that message as it would have taken to transmit the channel itself in NTSC format.
Keep guessing. It uses about zero bandwidth, much less than one analog channel, which uses as much as 10-15 digital SD channels.
In addition, some channels, like Universal Sports (which I like), that used to be available are no longer available.
This has nothing directly to do with Comcast. Universal Sports was carried by local OTA stations across the country, and subsequently on Comcast systems, but as of 1/1/12 it's no longer available via OTA. Since Comcast owns NBCUniversal, which is the minority owner of Universal Sports, expect to see it show up again, in HD, on one of your Comcast system's digital tiers. The only question is when. Best guess at this point is sometime between now and the Olympics in July.