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First the details. I live in San Jose, CA. I have Comcast Extended Basic Cable. I was using a Magnavox 2160 HDD recorder. Here's the issue : Comcast is just now switching to digital. I lost analog channels 39-60. No biggie I thought, seeing as the Mag has a digital tuner. For the last 3 days, I've scanned and re-scanned, and I get plenty of digital channels, except for the ones that were located on 39-60 analog. So I hook up one of Comcasts' free boxes, activate it, and all the channels are there! In fact, with their box, there's even more channels now. And yet my Mag can see none of them. So basicaly, I can get all the OTA channels on the Mag, plus a few extras, like history and the C-Span channels, but that's it. What is Comast doing that block outs my recorder? I bought the thing specifically to avoid having to have a seperate tuner box to record! Heck, I don't even get how their box works. If say, USA channel was on analog 42, shouldn't it be different with digital? If I put channel 42 into the Comcast box, bam, there's USA. If I try minus their box, and use the tv, it's static. To me it seems like their using decoding of some sort, like their boxes "talk" to their servers or something. Any info will be greatly appreciated. If I have to have a box just to record, and it has to be set to the channel I'm gonna record, then Comcast can shove it.