Free on demand from Comcast

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Catherine and I have had analog Comcast cable TV in the US since we moved into our apartment here. We’ve resisted going digital because of the brain dead requirement that you use the Comcast set top box (which sucks), and therefore it not working with MythTV. If they shipped a digital decoder card which worked in a PCI slot with Linux, I would upgrade right away.

I’ve told them that a bunch of times, and they’ve offered us free upgrades about four times.

In the end they must have got the hint, because they just gave us a free “on demand” digital box for our analog cable. It’s free for a year, and appears to be a Motorola DCT 700, which seems to just be a embedded computer which uses a two megabit connection to Comcast to deliver programs.

Now I’m meant to be activating the device, but I’ve been on hold with Comcast for 15 minutes. The user documentation even promises the call should only take three to four minutes. Of course plugging the MythTV box into the back of the Motorola box also broke our existing analog reception, so I might end up giving on the call and backing out the cabling change until Comcast gets with the program…

More device gossip as it comes to hand.

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