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MythTV/Comcast going all digital TV in Cambridge [OT]

Quoting Jarod Wilson <jarod-ajLrJawYSntWk0Htik3J/w at>:

> On Jul 1, 2009, at 12:20 PM, Derek Atkins <warlord-DPNOqEs/LNQ at> wrote:
>> Quoting Jarod Wilson <jarod-ajLrJawYSntWk0Htik3J/w at>:
>>> On 07/01/2009 12:25 AM, Randy Cole wrote:
>>>> Since we know Comcrass and RCN are scrambling QAM, does FIOS
>>>> broadcast
>>>> in clear QAM?
>>> Some channels, yes. All the over-the-air stuff and a mish-mash of
>>> other
>>> stuff (most of which I don't care about). Most of the good stuff that
>>> isn't over-the-air is encrypted QAM. But of that, at least half of it
>>> comes off the firewire port on my cable box unencrypted.
>> Do they encrypt the OTA HD channels?
> No, those are all clear off firewire toi.

I meant are the OTA HD channels in clear-QAM?  I.e., could I use
an HDHR to get all my OTA HD off FiOS?

>> And what half doesn't come off the firewire unencrypted?
> I don't think any standard def stuff comes off the firewire port, and
> the hdtv versions of usa, espn, tnt and a few others don't either, but
> hdtv sci-fi, discovery, natgeo, history, hbo, showtime, etc all come
> off unencrypted.

I still find it annoying that this is so hit or miss...   It's one
thing I really DO like about RCN -- I can read (just about) every
channel off firewire.

> --jarod


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