The June 19 deadline of Comcast dropping all analogue stations is rapidly approaching, so I'm looking for my best alternative.
I currently have Comcast basic cable plugged in my Hauppauge PVR-500 dual analogue tuner, and I'm running MythTV. This gets me all the local stations, which is all I need. At the moment my TV is a 36" CRT TV, so I'm happy with analogue stations, although I'm hoping to upgrade to an LCD TV in the next 6 months or so (once I finish grad school and start making "real" money).
I also recently purchased an SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual Digital Tuner.
My options include:
(1) Tune digital from Comcast using HDHomeRun
(2) Tune digital OTA - I live in a relatively elevated area, ~5 miles from several TV antennas located in Needham, MA
(3) Switch to RCN
To help make that decision, I have a couple questions about what Comcast currently offers for Clear QAM.
(1) SiliconDust provides a list of ClearQAM channels, can anyone check those lists and confirm they are accurate?
(2) Are the ClearQAM local channels transmitted in HD or SD?
(3) HD vs. SD aside, I recall reading a review several years ago complaining that some stations were over-compressing their "HD" signals, causing aliasing and artifacts. Can anybody speak to the quality of the Comcast ClearQAM compared to OTA or RCN?
Side note: I plan to post a similar question to the RCN thread asking for the same information about RCN.