Can I legally gain access to HD channels through Comcast without leasing their HD converter box?
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Unfortunately, there really is no other way. The channels are encoded in such a way that you can only view them when decrypted by an authorized cable box (or a cable card, that you can insert into some tv's or dvrs which you may purchase on your own, such as a tivo)
I believe I can get local channels without the digital box just by adding .1 to channel can't I?
So what is a cable card?
You can usually get the local channels, yes.
ok...so I don't really care to hear any more from you as you have already proven yourself to be inaccurrate. I don't have time for that.
A cable card is essentially the "decoder chip" that would be within a leased cabled box, that is supported by some tvs and dvr equipment. The idea is that you can buy/own your dvr.
But they generally require you to lease the cable card, and the lease for it is about the same as the converter box, so you don't end up saving anything.
I'm not sure what you believe to be inaccurate. If you want to get your local channels in HD, you may do so with an antenna connection. And the regular local channels should be available over the basic cable connection without the need for a converter.