[mythtv-users] Can Myth 'tune' these 'free' converter boxes?

David Brodbeck gull at gull.us
Thu Dec 3 17:45:21 UTC 2009

On Dec 2, 2009, at 3:43 PM, Neil Salstrom wrote:
> Weren't they trying to get a waiver to allow them to encrypt
> *everything* by offering free converter boxes?

No, the waiver was to let them use the encryption in the "free" DTAs  
to restrict access to basic cable channels.  The DTAs have no  
CableCard slot so they technically don't meet FCC rules for cable  
encryption.  That's what the waiver was about; without it they  
couldn't use the encryption features in the DTAs, so their only  
choices were sending all the basic cable channels as clear QAM, or  
issuing everyone more expensive full-fledged STBs.

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