[mythtv-users] Current Verizon FIOS experiences

Dan Wilga mythtv-users2 at dwilga-linux1.amherst.edu
Wed Dec 16 20:32:39 UTC 2009

At 11:17 AM -0500 12/16/09, Johnny wrote:
>I think you are referring to the fact that Comcast got a waiver to
>allow them encrypt their extended basic channels without the use of a
>cable card. The FCC mandated all cable providers only use cable cards
>for decryption in set top boxes. Recently when switching to all
>digital, Comcast had to give their analog subscribers digital set top
>boxes for free. Since they had to give them out for free they went
>super cheap and used boxes that can't do the standard encryption so
>Comcast was having to send everything in the clear. They got a waver
>to allow them to use another simpler type of encryption that these
>free boxes can handle. So they are now in the process encrypting all
>of the the extended basic channels again. This is a separate issue
>from the OTA broadcast channels. Those are still supposed to be in the

And, in some markets (like mine), they are providing the SD versions 
of OTA channels in the clear but encrypting the HD versions. Grrr...
Dan Wilga                                                        "Ook."

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