Jim what cable co. do you have? All the major ones were mandated to carry cable cards this past July 1st. Cable card lets you get all the channels you get with the stb from the cable co. with the exception of VOD (obviously you don't get their guide either as that's part of the box, some tvs with cablecard have built in guide in set though), but like I said you get all channels, analog, digital & HD as long as you subscribe to them. I have it on my set & am quite happy with it. I would say hd pics look as good as using hd box & analog/digital channels look even better then when using box. I also really like it because I can use my dvr/hd box to record anything & can also watch just about anything else I want (including hd programs).
I have the 810 and I just had my cable company install a cable card for my tv yesterday. I live on Long Island and use Cablevision. Three guys from Cablevison came for the installation. Two of them came along for the ride, as they hadn't seen a tv with a cable card. I was told that their particular office on the Island had only installed 3 prior televisons with a cable card, and they started in July. This technology is very new, but it will be the next wave of technology for cable.
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