So comcast decided to encrypt a bunch of digital cable channels that were previously in the clear over QAM. Fuck you, Comcast. My cable is horrible, so even though the digital has this terrible noise reduction filter run over it, it still looks better than the analog. And I didn't have to waste CPU transcoding it.
I checked a few of these channels out in the diagnostic menu on our cable box, and they suspiciously all have DRM=0x01
. So, I think that confirms my theory.
Also, it looks like other people from the area
are having the same problem.
Here's a list of what got the DRMhammer. There doesn't seem to be any pattern (Telemundo encrypted, but not Univision!) except that no shopping channels were encrypted. Some QAM channels are totally gone, others have only some subchannels tunable. (Bold for ones I care about.)
Channels that are now encrypted:
A&E, AMC, BET, Cartoon Network
, CMT, CNBC, CNNs, Comedy Central
, CourtTV, CSN, Discovery
, Disney, E!!!!!!!!!, ESPNs, EWTN 25, FoodTV
, FOX News, FX
, Golf, GSN, History, MTV, Nickelodeon, OLN, PBS 39, PCN, Sci-Fi
, Style, TCM, Telemundo, TLC, TNT, TVLAND, SPEED, USA, VH1, WYBE
Channels that are left:
ABC Family, Animal Planet, Bravo, Christian Channel, CN8, Comcast Community Bulletin Board, C-SPANs, ESPN Classic, HSN, "Jewelry Television"?, MSNBC, NJN, QVC, TBS, Travel, TVGUIDE, Univision, "WELCOME TO COMCAST", WFMZ, WHYY, WMCNDT, WPPX, and all the broadcast networks except for non-Philadelphia PBS.