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another Comcast head-end goes digital

Richard Pieri wrote:
> Comcast is doing the same thing in Natick.  I'm going through the
> process to try to get the Clear QAM broadcast enabled.
> I tell the tech that he's going to need to go to Tier 3 to get
> the encryption turned off at the head end...

I'm puzzled by what you are describing.

Cable TV is still mostly a broadcast medium, such that what you receive 
is identical to what everyone else fed by that head-end receives. And in 
the case where you are running the cable directly into a cable-ready TV, 
there isn't anything with much intelligence sitting between your TV and 
the head-end. (Unless your system uses addressable drops, which I doubt.)

> ...I just want the basic channels, 1-26, unencrypted.

So are you saying the entire town of Natick doesn't have unencrypted 
QAM, even for the FCC mandated over-the-air broadcast channels?

(Your description makes it sound like you were working with Comcast to 
resolve a problem specific to your connection.)


Tom Metro
Venture Logic, Newton, MA, USA
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