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Old 08-20-2007, 09:59 PM   #1
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I am new to HDTV and have been struggling to get straight answers from my Comcast provider here in Mpls, MN. Just got a great deal a new Sharp Aquos 52 inch LCD and have been on a quest to get decent SD programming and great HD programming. I upgraded my cable package to digital preferred and received a digital cable box. SD looked decent but HD looked terrible. I ran the cable directly to my TV and local HD channels looked amazing and SD looks subpar. I sit about 14 feet back from the set above my fireplace. So I called Comcast and they told if I wanted local HD channels I needed to pay an additional $7 per month for a HD cable box. I went down to comcast and switched boxes and just hooked up the SA explorer 3250 HD box. HD looks better but not as good as directly to my TV. I called Comcast and they told me to change the HD setting in the box, which I did to 1080i. Still didn't look any better. So I took a good look at the HD and SD via the HD box and then hooked cable up directly to the TV and the HD looks great and the SD looks just slightly worse. I am thinking of calling Comcast back and saying you can have your cable boxes, just give me the direct cable feed. Any thoughts on how to have good SD and great HD together?

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I am new to HDTV and have been struggling to get straight answers from my Comcast provider here in Mpls, MN. Just got a great deal a new Sharp Aquos 52 inch LCD and have been on a quest to get decent SD programming and great HD programming. I upgraded my cable package to digital preferred and received a digital cable box. SD looked decent but HD looked terrible. I ran the cable directly to my TV and local HD channels looked amazing and SD looks subpar. I sit about 14 feet back from the set above my fireplace. So I called Comcast and they told if I wanted local HD channels I needed to pay an additional $7 per month for a HD cable box. I went down to comcast and switched boxes and just hooked up the SA explorer 3250 HD box. HD looks better but not as good as directly to my TV. I called Comcast and they told me to change the HD setting in the box, which I did to 1080i. Still didn't look any better. So I took a good look at the HD and SD via the HD box and then hooked cable up directly to the TV and the HD looks great and the SD looks just slightly worse. I am thinking of calling Comcast back and saying you can have your cable boxes, just give me the direct cable feed. Any thoughts on how to have good SD and great HD together?

Thanks!

Kevin
WRONG !!!

You've just been either:
1) intentionally lied to, or
2) misinformed.
Welcome to ComCRAP (sorry Comcast Guy, I know I promised I wouldn't do that anymore, but you can see why I get so frustrated when I read posts like these...)

This is your TV ---> Sharp 52" LCD 1080p with QAM Tuner

You don't have to pay ANYTHING extra for LOCALS in HD if you have a QAM tuner, like you do. In fact, you don't even need a digital package OR EVEN EXPANDED SERVICE to get them. You can get them with just plain old $15 per mo BASIC SERVICE (courtesy of the FCC). They must be carried UNENCRYPTED so that your QAM tuner can pick them up. I get 6 FREE in my area; you should probably get about the same (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, the CW, & PBS).

However, if you want more HD than the locals (like ESPN/HD, TNT/HD, DISCOVERY-THEATER/HD, etc ...) you will have to get either a Digital HD SetTopBox or a TV with a CableCARD slot (your set doesn't have one). Either the STB or the CableCARD will allow you to get these extra ENCRYPTED HD channels (with an additional fee -- you need a digital package and an HD package). But make no mistake about it; you are not paying extra for the LOCALS in HD, because they are unencrypted. You would pay for the Digital/HD packages, and the LOCALS in HD would be included at no additional charge.

If you call back to ComCRAP, refer them to my reply or any of the other dozens of posts on this topic in this Forum. The CSR might not have lied to you, but they just plain don't know what they're talking about all the time.

p.s. You are correct that the picture will look better if you go straight to your set with the cable instead of passing it thru your STB. A TV with CableCARD would give similar quality, but would allow de-encryption of the extra HD channels (again, for a fee).

Oh, and btw, give up on SD looking really good. The digital cable channels in SD are OK, but once you have HD they will definitely pale by comparison. And God forbid you tune to the analog tier of cable. Yikes! That's one major thing D* and E* have over cable -- they are truly 100% digital (cable from 2-99 is still analog in almost ALL parts of the country, except I think in one beta test site in Chicago). Cable claims that it's being forced on them -- I'm not totally sure I believe that. But that's another story .....
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