[opendtv] Re: Content picture fuzzy for latest HDTVs

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 10:17:53 -0500

At 7:54 AM -0800 1/15/08, John Willkie wrote:
Doesn't cable card ONLY work on QAM tuners?  Why would cable card be 'all
but gone' on most of these sets.

You need the cable card to access protected tiers that are sent in analog AND QAM. It looks like most sets are shipping with QAM/ATSC tuners, but only a handful of channels can be accessed without the cable card - typically the same broadcast stations you can access with an antenna - rendering these tuners mostly worthless.

Meanwhile the DBS and cable operators are starting a "real" HD war based on services that are built around an HD PVR box and on demand services...


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