[mythtv-users] Myth TY HD, (cable and Satellite)

Calvin Harrigan charrig_mythtv at bellsouth.net
Thu Sep 20 17:49:58 UTC 2007

Patrick Wagstrom wrote:
>> The FCC has not said anything about requiring US cablecos to change from 
>> analog. But one could have some suspicions that the cablecos will change 
>> to digital, in order to force people to "upgrade" to a set top box.
> Actually, the FCC recently said that cable companies need to support 
> analog until 2012.
> http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070912-fcc-to-cable-you-must-support-analog-tvs-until-2012.html
> I've noticed that in the Pittsburgh area Comcast has started to 
> rebroadcast a lot of the analog channels as digital, although I'm not 
> quite certain why.  For example, I get the SD versions of ABC, CBS, NBC, 
> CW, Fox, WGN, BET, CSPAN, and a handful of others as clear QAM.  This is 
> in addition to the HD versions where applicable.  In any case, the SD 
> over QAM signals usually are better than the analog signals.  Who knows, 
> I may soon be able to get rid of my analog tuner and go all digital.
> --Patrick
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The better picture is the actually the reason why they have done it. 
Analog cable has always been plagued with relatively poor reception for 
analog channels especially at the lower bands (2-13) where most 
broadcast channels are located.


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