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    I recently received a letter directing me to go to comcastnow.com/digitalnow to find out about what equipment I'll need for digital television. The only thing I can tell from the website is that I need to have a box or adapter to continue receiving basic limited channels.

    I'm kind of confused on why this is? I have an HDTV, why should I need adapter or box to convert my television for their service?

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    Welcome to the new reality where all Comcast channels will be encrypted. Fact is that most of your channels, depending on where you live, may be available free over the air with your HDTV using an antenna. Better picture quality also!!!

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    Yes, as the poster above stated, Comcast is going to digital only technology. You'll need to rent a digital receiver or digital transport adapter (DTA).

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    They may not be encrypted because Comcast would need a waiver from the FCC in most areas. In some areas they are allowed to encrypt but most are not.

    You could use a regular digital TV to receive local channels or get one of their boxes which would give you more than locals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by n2rj View Post
    They may not be encrypted because Comcast would need a waiver from the FCC in most areas. In some areas they are allowed to encrypt but most are not.

    You could use a regular digital TV to receive local channels or get one of their boxes which would give you more than locals.
    Ryan,

    That is no longer the case. The FCC has ruled that all cable companies that have converted to all digital may encrypt all channels.

    Cable System Encryption | FCC.gov

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    DO NOT install antennas anywhere where they could fall into overhead power lines!!! An antenna falling into power lines may result in electrical shock or death. All outdoor antennas must be grounded in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC). Be careful while working on roofs or towers. Always use appropriate safety precautions!!!

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    Ah yes I missed that. Looks like you'll need their box or a cablecard compatible device.
    Ryan, N2RJ

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