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Comcast to encrypt basic cable channels

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 15 Apr 2013 22:52 User comments (10)

Comcast to encrypt basic cable channels Comcast has begun telling customers that it is preparing to encrypt its basic cable signals, meaning some customers will need a new digital adapter if they want to even receive any basic programming.
The adapters will be free in some markets, and one model will work with third-party set-top boxes, like those by Scientific Atlanta and Motorola.

If you already use Comcast set-top boxes connected to all your TVs, you need not worry, but if you have any devices connected directly to the cable outlet without a set-top, you will need the adapter.

The adapters will be tiny boxes that include their own remote control and connect to the TV through the coaxial cable.

"We are beginning to proactively notify customers in select markets that we will begin to encrypt limited basic channels as now permitted by last year's FCC B1 Encryption Order," said the company (via OM). "While the vast majority of our customers won't be impacted because they already have digital equipment connected to their TVs, we understand this will be a change for a small number of customers and will be making it as convenient as possible for them to get the digital equipment they may need to continue watching limited basic channels."

Comcast is the first to scramble the signals since the FCC changed the rules to allow such a move last year.

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10 user comments

115.4.2013 23:00

They already have done this in my area which is why I'll soon be dumping my Basic Antenna Service from Comca$t in favor of FTA Satellite (Free-to-Air Satellite).

216.4.2013 1:45

and this is funny because this just means people will just connect the new boxes to there tv recorders record there tv show decrypt it and still pirate it

so you didn't do jack

316.4.2013 9:44

Quote:
and this is funny because this just means people will just connect the new boxes to there tv recorders record there tv show decrypt it and still pirate it

so you didn't do jack
I think this is more to prevent people from simply stealing from the cable line directly. Old school methods of stealing a connection from someone else's cable line will no longer be effective. On that grounds, their goal would succeed.

416.4.2013 13:21

Originally posted by Mysttic:


I think this is more to prevent people from simply stealing from the cable line directly. Old school methods of stealing a connection from someone else's cable line will no longer be effective. On that grounds, their goal would succeed.
Yes and also they can now control how many TVs you hook up in your house. I really hate paying additional every month to get digital on a second TV.


Just my $0.02,

dEwMe

516.4.2013 17:19

And the death of TV continues.


I'll stick my foot up your ass.

616.4.2013 18:11

This was the last nail in the coffin IMO. Programming sucks on cable tv, satellite is the same, so its free via antenna to me, plus Netflix and Hulu Plus after canceling Comcast this morning.


"Do not underestimate the power of an enemy, no matter how great or small, to rise against you another day." - Atilla

717.4.2013 3:38

don't know what it means by coaxial cable.pretty sure you could use a splitter of some sort to use more than 1 tv.


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817.4.2013 6:30

Originally posted by xboxdvl2:
don't know what it means by coaxial cable.pretty sure you could use a splitter of some sort to use more than 1 tv.
You could the old way (by ways f a splitter). Now you need a box for each tv. Unless you split after the box and 2 tvs in the house would watch the same programming.

917.4.2013 7:44

Originally posted by molsen:
Originally posted by xboxdvl2:
don't know what it means by coaxial cable.pretty sure you could use a splitter of some sort to use more than 1 tv.
You could the old way (by ways f a splitter). Now you need a box for each tv. Unless you split after the box and 2 tvs in the house would watch the same programming.
i was thinking of rf splitter after the box.judging by pics on google coaxial cable looks like what goes to the wall socket before you run another wire to the tv.

custom built gaming pc from early 2010,ps2 with 15 games all original,ps3 500gbs with 5 games all original,yamaha amp and 5.1channel surround sound speakers,46inch sony lcd smart tv.

1019.4.2013 19:26

So many rate increases over the last few years and now this...

I don't want another box, remote, more wiring, etc.

Goodbye Comcast

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