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I just added a new Samsung DLP big screen. This is one of the new '05 units that has the "Digtal Cable Ready tuner" built into the TV.


I only play for basic cable (analog) service.


Well part of setting up this TV was a channel scan, and it scans analog and digtal channels. The TV found 388 digtal channels.


After scanning these channels I know what I am seeing. I'm picking up the video/audio stream of all the VoD from my Cable node.


What I figure is this; Customer makes VoD request, Cable server assigns a DTV channel (like 105-10) and passes that back to the cable box. Cable box then maps 105-10 to the VoD channel on the box for thta customer.


While I find it cute/funny that I can watch what other people are paying for, its going to be a BIG problem. I have 2 young kids (age 7 and 9) and very frequently the VoD sent is adult material.


While I have edited out all the cannels I can, I cannot fully block this. The TV dynamicly picks up new channels as they are generated by the cable system. Today there may be a 105-10, but tomorrow they may also be a 105-12 that is not present today.


I cannot use V-Chip either. For some reason all the VoD is sent on these channels with a PG rating.


I assume the cable company (Insight Communications) did this because they counted on everyone requiring a set-top box, and these "Digtal Cable tuners" are somewhat new.


So I'm left with 3 choices. Please help me figure which ones are the best/viable solutions.


#1) Remove all cable (not a real option but a last resort) and get a dish

#2) add a filter (is there one? will it mess up my broadband)

#3) Add a CableCARD. Samsung (the TV maker) seems to think this will fix the problem. Will it?


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All three would work.


1) For obvious reasons

3) With a cable card, the TV maps the channels differently - basically, it would have the same channel map as a digital box - with no VOD access. However, these sometimes disable the built-in OTA tuner, depending on model.


2) Assuming the VOD channels are all over 90 (or so), you can get a filter. Look for a 600mHz low-pass filter, this will block out everything over 600mhZ (including VOD). It will mess with your internet if you put it on the incoming line, so simply figure out which line goes to that particular set and trap that single one out.


These can be found on ebay for resonable prices.

http://cgi.*********/CHANNEL-PLUS-LP...QQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.*********/CHANNEL-VISION-...QQcmdZViewItem

etc... just make sure you can get all of your analogs.
 

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Please call Insite and let them know about this. They will need to activate there session based encryption.


This is a good argument to get a free set top box for parental control until they encrypt there exclusive sessions.
 

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A coworker has noticed the same thing here on our Comcast system and his new Samsung.


He gets to watch other people VOD as it streams.


It's incredible how many people order porn in one night :eek: :D
 
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