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rcwills wrote:This is a great product, but beware that you are limited by what your cable company leaves unencrypted. When I started using this 8 months ago, Charter Cable gave me access to the over-the-air networks, PBS, espn 1 & 2, and a dozen or so of the mediocre low def cable channels that exist beyond basic analog cable. Slowly they have encrypted more and more. Now I get OTA fox, NBC, ABC and CBS, public access and a dozen or so shopping networks and religious stations.
The day I lost ESPN was the day I went back to paying $10 a month for an additional cable box.
You may be able to get a special "tuning adapter" box to decode some channels if they've gone to a multiplexing approach called "Switched Digital Video". this means they use one stream for multiple channels depending on what the box request. The tuning adapter might let your device send the same information. This was gleaned from asking my cable company Brighthouse how they would support a Tivo box.
Interestingly ATT U-Verse doesn't support any of that and Tivo said there are no FCC requirments to allow ustomers to use alternative boxes.
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