Well they are reaping what they sow. Comcast here took away almost all of the free, once you pay, extra channels we used to be able to tune and record with a cable ready setup, and recently they encrypted all the digital versions as well except for locals and a few others, like all the shopping channels. They got around this by offering a POS box that only does standard definition
and only outputs to RF channel 3 or RCA analog outs. The other 2 free boxes they give you are even worse. THey are hard to record from, don't have Hi Fi sound and can never receive HD at all, which the Cable tuner I bought myself could do, but it can now only get the locals in HD and the few others they have deemed OK to let in the open.
They claimed this was a upgrade:a Yeah for them.... Now to do what I used to be able to easily do I'd have to rent a extra cost HD box or DVR that I never needed before.
They end up driving people from their services by getting greedier and constantly limiting our choices while charging us more and more.