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Alternative option instead of renting comcast digital transport adapter?

SGS-1 116 10 September 23, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Hey, I was wondering if there are any devices like a tivo or something else that does the same thing as Comcast's digital transport adapter for tv. I have been renting one for $8 a month and would like to no longer rent it if that's possible as it adds up. thanks

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What kind of tv do you have? If you're using a DTA, it seems most likely you're using an old analog standard definition tv. Is this correct?

Are you sure you're renting a DTA and not a regular set top box?

IIRC, when comcast first started phasing out analog channels they were giving away DTAs (2 per household). Punch your account number in here: https://digitalnow.comcast.com/ and see what it says as this page mentions ordering equipment.

If you have an HDTV, it may be able to pick up a handful of channels that are broadcast ClearQAM. To get more channels in HD quality (the DTA's output is only SD quality) on an HDTV or a device like a TiVo, you would either need an HD set top box or a Cable Card both of which have to be rented form the cable company.

If you're sick of comcast's tv service entirely, you can always ditch them and get an antenna.
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Hey, I was wondering if there are any devices like a tivo or something else that does the same thing as Comcast's digital transport adapter for tv. I have been renting one for $8 a month and would like to no longer rent it if that's possible as it adds up. thanks
You get two for free so I presume if you're renting one then you have a third? No, you will only get the bottom end 2-13 without the DTA so if you want anything more than that you either have to have a set top box, DVR, or a DTA.
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htpc + cablecard tuner. but if you dont have one already, its way more cost effective to pay for a dta.
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Comcast has stopped giving out two free
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they've also stopped the 'free' part- see http://www.philly.com/philly/busi...pters.html

....sigh... it was only a matter of time. short of cancelling service completely (which many of us can't do- gotta love legalized monopolies) and going the Hulu route or settling for OTA HD, is there anything Comcast subscribers can do to avoid having to use DTAs provided by them?

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Comcast has stopped giving out two free
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they've also stopped the 'free' part- see http://www.philly.com/philly/busi...pters.html

....sigh... it was only a matter of time. short of cancelling service completely (which many of us can't do- gotta love legalized monopolies) and going the Hulu route or settling for OTA HD, is there anything Comcast subscribers can do to avoid having to use DTAs provided by them?
Is that right? I got a letter from them stating otherwise. The first two are still free, $1.99 for the 3rd and up. See attached.
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Is that right? I got a letter from them stating otherwise. The first two are still free, $1.99 for the 3rd and up. See attached.
Where are you located? We have had 2 free adapters for a number of years and I just checked our most recent bill - we are being charged this month for the first time.

I'm pissed - not that the dollar amount is so much, but that we have no options. I am using these crappy DTA boxes on two QAM equipped HDTVs (in bedrooms). I would be happy to return Comcast's equipment to them and just connect my TV's directly to the cable, but Comcast also scrambles most digital content unless I go through the DTA, or pay 10 bucks a month each for HDTV boxes.

Of course the "digital" quality is nothing like the HD quality I would get if I could just use my TV's internal QAM connection.

My understanding was that the free DTA's were to compensate for the fact that analog tv's were no longer going to be usable, even though at some point it was mandated that people should be able to access cable with their own equipment. I guess they can say people should have upgraded their equipment by now, but what the hell - I have upgraded equipment and I can't get the cable signal I am paying for onto my TV without this crappy box.
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Hah, where is it you live that you got away with paying $8? I live in the Bay Area, CA and have to pay those ripoff goons $22 a month when before, I had free limited basic for 3 years. All of a sudden, they've hijacked my tv and I'm forced to pay for the lousy 8 channels I ever watch. And, they need to send an inside tech because the self-service setup didn't work, and the earliest appt is in 3 days, so I will have had no tv for 5 days total (if he gets it to work) and I live alone and have been home sick with a cold. If you find an alternative, please let me know!!
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Hah, where is it you live that you got away with paying $8? I live in the Bay Area, CA and have to pay those ripoff goons $22 a month when before, I had free limited basic for 3 years. All of a sudden, they've hijacked my tv and I'm forced to pay for the lousy 8 channels I ever watch. And, they need to send an inside tech because the self-service setup didn't work, and the earliest appt is in 3 days, so I will have had no tv for 5 days total (if he gets it to work) and I live alone and have been home sick with a cold. If you find an alternative, please let me know!!
If you want change get a few hundred thousand of your friends to write congress and the fcc assuming either ever gets back to doing their jobs.

At those prices are you sure you have a DTA and not some other cable box product. An exact model number of the device you have may help as would an exact description of the line item from your bill.
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Where are you located? We have had 2 free adapters for a number of years and I just checked our most recent bill - we are being charged this month for the first time.

I'm pissed - not that the dollar amount is so much, but that we have no options. I am using these crappy DTA boxes on two QAM equipped HDTVs (in bedrooms). I would be happy to return Comcast's equipment to them and just connect my TV's directly to the cable, but Comcast also scrambles most digital content unless I go through the DTA, or pay 10 bucks a month each for HDTV boxes.

Of course the "digital" quality is nothing like the HD quality I would get if I could just use my TV's internal QAM connection.

My understanding was that the free DTA's were to compensate for the fact that analog tv's were no longer going to be usable, even though at some point it was mandated that people should be able to access cable with their own equipment. I guess they can say people should have upgraded their equipment by now, but what the hell - I have upgraded equipment and I can't get the cable signal I am paying for onto my TV without this crappy box.
One of my previously free now $2.00 DTA's died about a month ago and I was bitching at the Comcast repair guy who was there to replace it (hell I insisted on a service call if they insist I have to rent their crappy equipment). Anyway - listening to me bitch about the lousy quality on the DTA made him remember something - they now have HD DTA's available - and they don't cost a penny more than the crappy ones as long as you have HD service already coming into the house. So - voila, we swapped out the two crappy DTA's for HD DTA's and, even though I am still pissed at paying $2.00 a month for something that was supposed to be free, that i MUST have even though my TV could do the same thing for free - I at least am getting HD quality on those two tvs. Check it out.
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I just picked up one of these at amazon no tax for $8.63 shipped with prime. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...UTF8&psc=1

Also available local for lil over $1 more (best buy, walmart)

I got all my channels back in HD after comcrap started encrypting OTA on OCT. 1st in my area.
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No, cause it connects to Comcast computers to prevent piracy. True this. You must activate it.
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I just picked up one of these at amazon no tax for $8.63 shipped with prime. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...UTF8&psc=1

Also available local for lil over $1 more (best buy, walmart)

I got all my channels back in HD after comcrap started encrypting OTA on OCT. 1st in my area.
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Have fun watching MNF on that.
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