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Friday, January 2nd, 2009
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A few weeks ago, I noticed that some of my MythTV recordings were all static. Since I was having problems with the cable at that time, I didn't think much of it. Eventually, I realized it was because Comcast dropped Cartoon Network from their analog lineup. And, even though I have a QAM tuner, they encrypted the digital version.

So, way to go Comcast. Since the inevitable endgame is that all non-broadcast stations will get encryption regardless of how much I pay, I'll stay on the lookout for internet service providers that don't bundle useless TV in the future.
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From: c99koder
2009-01-03 04:08 am (UTC)
Comcast dropped Cartoon Network from the analog service in my area a long time ago, it sucks! We also lost AMC recently (no more Mad Men, had to watch the most recent season via iTunes). A few years back they dropped Gameshow Network, which I still miss as well. When nothing else was on, I could always count on watching gameshows from the 70s.

We don't subscribe to digital cable here, we're still on the analog service. Though, I do have a QAM tuner that gets the broadcast networks through the cable. I wish Comcast would stop moving the QAM channels around, though, I need to remap CBS as they've swapped it with PBS in the last week or so.
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[User Picture]From: rspeed
2009-01-03 07:29 am (UTC)
It seems that there is nothing Comcast does that doesn't piss me off. It's amazing. Their eventual death can't come soon enough.
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From: ex_md744
2009-01-03 06:11 pm (UTC)
I don't think there is going to be anyone that does that. They all seem to be taking the opportunity to cut their broadcast basic tier altogether. It'll take a new company coming up taking their market share to do it.
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From: entropy512
2009-01-04 04:30 am (UTC)
Boo Comcrap. They're even worse than Cablevision OptimumOffline.

Strangely, despite being part of AOL (although I think AOL and TW are no longer merged?), Time Warner is pretty good, Internet and cablewise. Much of my stuff is encrypted digital, but their HD boxes have Firewire and I've seen reports they don't 5C the Firewire - I haven't tried yet though.
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