gravityhammer at gmail
Feb 18, 2008, 6:59 PM
Post #11 of 46
On Feb 18, 2008 8:13 PM, Peter Loron <peterl [at] standingwave> wrote:
> On Feb 18, 2008, at 4:49 PM, Brad DerManouelian wrote:
> > On Feb 18, 2008, at 3:42 PM, Peter Loron wrote:
> >> 1. When the digital cutover happens next year, will the various
> >> channels on cable wind up all going HD? Or will we mostly be still
> >> stuck with 480i - just digital?
> > There is nothing that says the cable company has to do anything
> > differently than they are currently doing. The digital transition is
> > for over the air broadcasts only. However, that doesn't mean the cable
> > companies WON'T do anything. It's up to them as far as what they want
> > to provide. If I know them like I think I know them, they will say,
> > "They're making us go digital so now you have to pay for digital."
> > which isn't true. But this won't be the first time they lied to make
> > money.
> Actually I was thinking more along the lines of the source of the
> content moving to HD. Studios may move to only doing HD as the % of HD
> capable sets rises. If HD is all the cable companies can get, then
> they'll need to play that.
> Of course they will squeeze us for all they can.
> >> 2. Since I can wait a while, any reason not to sit tight until the
> >> new
> >> capture devices are ready? I'm somewhat slot limited, so I'd like one
> >> card that can handle whatever formats Comcast will be carrying into
> >> the future (QAM + ?).
> > Not sure what new capture devices you're waiting for so I can't answer
> > that. If you're talking about the Hauppauge Component capture device,
> > I believe it's a USB device so no need to worry about an extra PCI
> > slot.
> Yes the component capture device is interesting. Wasn't sure if
> anything else new had been announced.
If you use the Hauppauge HD-DVR (?), it won't matter what sort of
encryption the cable company is using - you'll just plug the component
out of your cable box into the component in on the Hauppauge device.
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