JP Vossen on 27 Feb 2014 13:44:25 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Comcast encrypted Collegeville PA 2014-02-26 or so?

On 02/27/2014 12:03 AM, JP Vossen wrote:
A few weeks ago on 2014-02-05 I noticed [1] that my HDHomeRun Config GUI
says, for example: us-cable : 12 : 1001 0 (encrypted)
*But*, live TV on the actual TV *did* still work without any kind of
converter box or cable-card.  And Myth started working again after a
backend restart, but the "HDHomeRun Config GUI" did not.

Then on 2014-02-26 MythTV failed to record something on Comcast, and now
TVs do not work either!  All they say is "scrambled," even on broadcast
and PBS.

On 02/27/2014 09:27 AM, Ed Roper wrote:
I'm in Mont Clare, noticed my > TV didn't get channels anymore
either.   Looks like the 'free ride' is over.

I know you didn't mean it this way, but I think "free ride" is a bad way to think about this. It wasn't free and now I can't use the service I was paying for because they are consolidating their monopoly position by further restricting our options.

AND, they are even encrypting PBS, which is just wrong. I think Rachael said something about talking to PBS to have them complain to Comcast. If anyone has a quick howto on that please post it.

On 02/27/2014 10:26 AM, Matt Mossholder wrote:
If you want to keep cable, going CableCard isn't actually much more
expensive on a monthly basis (like $2) than the clear QAM solution,
and definitely is less of a headache. I have had 0 problems with
channels moving and no more issues with signal level mysteriously
dropping, leading to pixelization.

TL;DR - Very happy with CableCard on a Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH.

Yes, I actually have the which is fully supported in Mythbuntu 12.04, as far as I know since I don't have the actual cable card to use.

Good to know that fixes the "channels moving" thing which as you know caused me great pain a few times, even after you helped me sort it out the first time or two. I can't decide if I think they do that on purpose just to mess with us, or if it's really just that stuff evolves and gets refactored.

On 02/27/2014 10:35 AM, Carl Johnson wrote:
> Beware of copy protected channels when using that combo.

That is part of my objection, the other part being the pure principle of the thing; that they are deliberately limiting our options and making it hard to be "free." (And maybe messing with us, just because...)

On 02/27/2014 01:43 PM, wrote:
=> Need to see if my TV can accept a cablecard. Do i get those
=> straight from comcast?

You would have to, yes. But most TVs will not take a CableCard; it
added too much cost to each unit, so manufacturers only put them in
the top of the line models, if any. It looks like SiliconDust has an
HDHomeRun Prime model which will take a CableCard.

See above link for the HDHR3-CC.

Comcast CableCard info:

	* First one is free, second is $1.50/mo


* To get Comcast/cable-card working:

Thanks for the feedback,
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