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Future of ClearQAM

Admin65

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http://www.multichannel.com/article/477203-NCTA_to_FCC_Let_All_Digital_MSOs_Encrypt_Basic_Tier.php

It looks like the NCTA wants the FCC to allow all digital MSO's to encrypt the basic tier. This is probably done to stop cable pirates, but really is a way to get limited basic subscribers to pay more for TV's. I know all the other providers require boxes, but this is getting ridiculous here, and I do have a generous cable package.
 

Rick Shaw

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Admin65 said:
http://www.multichannel.com/article/477203-NCTA_to_FCC_Let_All_Digital_MSOs_Encrypt_Basic_Tier.php

It looks like the NCTA wants the FCC to allow all digital MSO's to encrypt the basic tier. This is probably done to stop cable pirates, but really is a way to get limited basic subscribers to pay more for TV's. I know all the other providers require boxes, but this is getting ridiculous here, and I do have a generous cable package.
With free STBs for two years, I doubt it is for $$. And the only piracy it would stop (instead of disconnection at the pole) is stopping HSI subscribers from watching limited basic. Gee, if everything is SDV, then encryption to stop the piracy from HSI customers is kinda a moot point.

I saw nothing in the article concerning ClearQAM and local channels.
 

rdehaven

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I noticed this news topic yesterday. I took the time to write an email to FCC Chairman Genachowski.

You can do the same: http://transition.fcc.gov/commissioners/genachowski/mail.html

I feel that if there is enough money to be saved, then providing me with free boxes forever is in their best financial interest.

I have 3 TV's with QAM tuners and I do not wish to pay for 3 more cable boxes.

I have multiple TV's in the same room. I have previously contacted Cox to see if they offered boxes that used different IR signals so they could even WORK without conflict in the same room. They do NOT. So my system would not work at any price if these were to go through.
 

Admin65

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QAM isn't going away, just ClearQAM if the cableco's get their way. It does make it easier for the cableco's as they can remotely enable/disable service without a truckroll. HSI only customers won't need a trap which prevents them from stealing the basic tier. I'm sure TWC will waste no time encrypting the limited basic tier when it goes all digital.
 

Rick Shaw

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Admin65 said:
QAM isn't going away, just ClearQAM if the cableco's get their way. It does make it easier for the cableco's as they can remotely enable/disable service without a truckroll.
If a customer just has basic, what services would they have to enable/disable? And, even if they encrypt the basic tiers, nothing would prevent them from leaving the locals ClearQAM.
 

Admin65

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FCC docket for this is 11-169. Most MSO's are in favor of encrypting the limited basic tier.

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Edit: Actual FCC docket is 11-169.
 

Rick Shaw

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Admin65 said:
FCC docket for this is 11-167. Most MSO's are in favor of encrypting the limited basic tier.
Nothing would prevent encryption of limited basic tier, but leaving the locals as ClearQAM.

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Must this appear in all of your posts?
 

Admin65

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Besides, I do not use my phone all the time. I also have a desktop with an assorted array of web browsers and Operating systems like Ubuntu and W7. I do not post everything from my phone, as it's a little tricky to type on a touch screen.
 

Admin65

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http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/proceeding/view?z=xzflk&name=11-169

Here is a listing of all the filings in docket 11-169. 11-169 talks about the ability to encrypt limited basic tiers. Locals could remain unencrypted, but the MSO's that made filings suggest that they want all channels encrypted. Eric Kotz's (erkotz on TheGreenButton) was probably the pro consumer comment of the ones I have read so far.
 

Admin65

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I do think Rick is right, where cableco's have the option to encrypt, but not required to encrypt the limited basic tier. MSO's like TWC fully support the ability to encrypt the limited basic tier.
 

Admin65

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http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021748503

Montgomery County, Maryland suggests that subscribers should be able to purchase STB devices.
 

Admin65

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Been looking at Docket 11-169 and there are many letters from consumers saying that encryption is bad. I agree with the consumers not the MSO's. Even Boxee admits that Encryption on the basic tier will only benefit the MSO's and not the consumers, which I fully agree with. It is just a way to get consumers to spend more on crappy DTA's or STB devices.
 

Rick Shaw

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Admin65 said:
Been looking at Docket 11-169 and there are many letters from consumers saying that encryption is bad. I agree with the consumers not the MSO's. Even Boxee admits that Encryption on the basic tier will only benefit the MSO's and not the consumers, which I fully agree with. It is just a way to get consumers to spend more on crappy DTA's or STB devices.
I have a 2-tuner DVR. Presently, I can record 2 primetime programs while watching a basketball or baseball game or 10pm news on a ClearQAM or ITC analog channel. If they encrypt basic and do away with ClearQAM, I will have to use one tuner of the DVR for watching TV, making it able to only record one program at a time. Good-bye DVR.
 

Admin65

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http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/view?id=6016996305 - Cox's opinion on the proposed rulemaking.
http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/view?id=6016869064 - FCC NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING
 

Admin65

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Re: RE: Future of ClearQAM

Rick Shaw said:
Admin65 said:
Been looking at Docket 11-169 and there are many letters from consumers saying that encryption is bad. I agree with the consumers not the MSO's. Even Boxee admits that Encryption on the basic tier will only benefit the MSO's and not the consumers, which I fully agree with. It is just a way to get consumers to spend more on crappy DTA's or STB devices.
I have a 2-tuner DVR. Presently, I can record 2 primetime programs while watching a basketball or baseball game or 10pm news on a ClearQAM or ITC analog channel. If they encrypt basic and do away with ClearQAM, I will have to use one tuner of the DVR for watching TV, making it able to only record one program at a time. Good-bye DVR.
You could get a TiVo elite or something like that. Another option is a HD-DTA.

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Admin65

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http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021979205

Sounds like Comcast and Boxee are looking at a E-DTA for those with products that can only tune ClearQAM stations. It reminds me of the HD HomeRun and HomeRun prime. Though, that is an interim solution, until they develop an integrated DTA for Boxee and other clearQAM only devices.
 
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