[mythtv-users] USA recommendations for Digital Over the Air Capture Card

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Wed Nov 19 19:21:10 UTC 2008

On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 2:06 PM, Brad Fuller <bradallenfuller at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 10:56 AM, Steven Adeff <adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com> wrote:
>> You can possibly avoid antenna woes if your willing to pay comcast for
>> their basic service (I believe it is ~$10/mo) or are maintaining a
>> possible existing cable modem service through them I beleive you would
>> still have access to the analog tv signals on the line.. They have all
>> the OTA channels on their cable line unencrypted and tuneable with any
>> ATSC tuner card. I current have Comcast and use three ATSC cards (Two
>> A180's and a HD3000) to record these channels.
>> I say possibly, because if your signal from Comcast isn't as good as
>> your antenna signal then it wouldn't save any woes.
> $10 for basic but ~$50 for extended basic (or whatever they call it.).
> hmmm... I wonder if I could just reduce my payment to $10/mo for basic
> and still get the extended shows. Ok, this is just theoretical, I'm
> not here to rip them off. But, I would think that since I don't have
> an STB, they are not going to go to the trouble of singling out my one
> physical cable and encrypting the other channels so I get exactly the
> basic service..

They usually place a filter on the drop to your house to filter all
the frequencies the extended analog channels sit on. The rest are
digital and encrypted. Of course more and more areas are going all
digital for all but the OTA channels...

In my old apartment building they didn't bother filtering, so
basically all the apartments had all the analog channels for free, a
cost Comcast "incurred" in providing easy service to the other
apartments in the building. We used DSL and didn't pay for any cable,
but still were able to watch all the analog channels. Incidentally,
that was the apartment I started playing around with MythTV in oh so
many years ago...

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