Rachel Rawlings on 17 Nov 2013 12:00:28 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Comcast, Cable Cards, Antenna, and HD-Homerun Experiences?

Comcast killed clear qam a while back. When we lived in Mount Airy, we had about 30 channels available to the homerun.

I wasn't using it anymore after we moved to University City because we switched the internet to Comcast and got a tivo.

However, we got a new upstairs tv in August and connected to the bare line. WPVI hasn't worked the entire time. WHYY disappeared in October. Comcast says we have to buy a $2/month converter box.

In the meantime, I spoke to someone in WHYY's engineering department who didn't know Comcast had taken them off clear qam and said they would try to resolve the issue with Comcast. I also complained to the FCC; their revised must-carry rules say that the station has an opt-out but is where the decision must be made.

On Nov 17, 2013 2:06 PM, "Louis Kratz" <louis.kratz@gmail.com> wrote:
Hey pluggers,

As some of you (may) have noticed, Comcast started encrypting 100% of their QAM streams (including broadcast channels) on Thursday.
Those of us using their limited basic service (read: almost only broadcast) can no longer tune to those channels without a set to box or cable card.

I've read through the PLUG archives (good stuff BTW); and saw a lot of users have had success with the HD-Homerun and Comcast.
For you who have:
1) Do you have a list of channels that are blocked by DRM (i.e., copy-once or copy-never)? I am mostly interested in low-cost packages. I've read all broadcast channels are required to be copy-freely.
2) Have you noticed any change since Thursday? The QAM switch effectively disabled my dvr entirely.

As a second option; I've hooked up an antenna but can't seem to get WHYY or ABC (my primary channels) in the first floor of our south Philly row home.
If anyone has any recommendations for a good antenna they are also appreciated!



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