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Comcast Shock--Options???
Topic by: FGaipa
Posted: February 26, 2008 - 1:47 PM PST
Last Reply: March 8, 2008 - 1:16 PM PST

author topic: Comcast Shock--Options???
FGaipa
post #1  on February 26, 2008 - 1:47 PM PST  
No doubt there are more appropriate sites for this, but the tech-ease can be dense. GC is user friendly, so:

While waiting delivery of an HDTV (first new set in 15 years, gift to myself for escaping the USPS next month), I'm looking at HD signal alternatives. Currently I have Comcast analog. Though just about all I watch on cable channels is South Park, Battlestar Gallactica what is it 8 espisodes or less a year, that so-so ad agency drama on AMC, and now or then Colbert, I'd hate to have to wait through months of GC "orange" to catch a new South Park.

Comcast digital costs the same (my expanded basic analog just went up to $63 taxes etc included), but there's no way to use one's own DVR for time-shifting with Comcast's box (I tried digital for two weeks last year to stop Comcast's cold calls). Comcast's DVR would bring the monthly to at least $80 and, when I Google the thing, seems to be universally despised. I think Oakland's is a one-tuner. Comcast Tivo hasn't arrived in Oakland.

My first-floor condo's slice of the Southwestern sky between a five and a four story building is about 15 degrees wide and maybe 30 degrees up, over a slightly more distant four-story, probably go good for a dish.

Even so, researching satellite helped me realize how over-priced Comcast is. I could roll in that $10 french channel and still be ahead.

My building has a good communal antenna, but I've only the one line-in so Comcast disables it. The HOA is such a nightmare that I wouldn't dare ask to install a dish outside the roof patio (we're four stories atop a garage) and run a line down.

Tivo may be an option, $250 roughly for a HD two-tuner, but the life-time subscriptions are history. With all my job-switch red tape I haven't had time to discover whether nixing Comcast's box in favor of a Type-W cable card (they should credit me back for not renting their box but hard to imagine) for a Tivo would save me much. I don't recall a card slot in the Samsung TV specs. And my phone and dsl lines, whichever it is the Tivo needs, are in other rooms currently from the TV.

Are there alternatives I'm missing?

fg
hamano
post #2  on February 27, 2008 - 6:41 AM PST  
I've managed to stay culturally current for 25 years without cable or satellite. Just because you've got HDTV doesn't mean you HAVE to get TV in HDTV. You can probably catch local HDTV broadcast signals with just an indoor antenna. My advice is to get the HDTV, get a PS3 with Blu-ray, get the fattest broadband you can afford and a HDMI connection between your computer and your HDTV. Then get a wireless keyboard and mouse and sit yourself on the couch and go to town!
FGaipa
post #3  on February 27, 2008 - 7:36 PM PST  
> On February 27, 2008 - 6:41 AM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I've managed to stay culturally current for 25 years without cable or satellite. Just because you've got HDTV doesn't mean you HAVE to get TV in HDTV. You can probably catch local HDTV broadcast signals with just an indoor antenna. My advice is to get the HDTV, get a PS3 with Blu-ray, get the fattest broadband you can afford and a HDMI connection between your computer and your HDTV. Then get a wireless keyboard and mouse and sit yourself on the couch and go to town!
> ---------------------------------

That's been my gut feeling: Do nothing. Wait and see whether Comcast's local stations are unscrambled so that the set's QAM tuner will pick them up. The main purpose for the set despite the 1080p is watching dvd rentals. I ordered a cheap upconverting region-free (wore out my old region-free) the same day as the set.

Not one of my HiDef watching coworkers(just about everyone nowadays) at the lame-duck job is still with Comcast, so info's been sparce.

fg
FGaipa
post #4  on March 8, 2008 - 1:16 PM PST  
Just an update. There's relatively little on this here, so for later searchers who hit on this thread:

Turned out that even with my analog no-cable-box (expanded basic) Comcast subscription the new tv's QAM tuner pulls from the cable line several 1080i and 720i signals as well as what look like digital signals of many of the 4:3 aspect ratio stations. At least for the present, Comcast scrambles none of the local signals available over the air. I receive two to four flavors each of channels 2,3,4,5, and 9, at least. At first I thought NBC 3's 1080i was scrambled, but this morning I ran round-robin through the cable drudge and discovered it way, way out on channel 116.

A powered HD indoor antenna gets me nothing at all save a crystal clear picture on three high-numbered stations that I think must be broadcast internally by a nearby private elementary school.

I'd been thinking I'd need an HD Tivo with type W cable card to time-shift wide screen, but now I'll have to try a Tivo or some other hd-dvr's tuner on my current signal to see whether it pulls in as much as the Samsung TV.

fg

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