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September 15, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Comcast encryption: More details, local channels, FiOS, etc.

Monday’s column on upcoming Comcast changes prompted a few questions. Here’s how I’ve been answering the calls and e-mails.

— Will Comcast also encrypt “Limited Basic” channels?

No. Spokesman Steve Kipp told me Limited Basic won’t be encrypted. That includes channels 2-29 and 70-99.

— Will Limited Basic remain analog, so I don’t have to use a Comcast converter?

Yes, those channels will continue receiving both analog and digital signals, Kipp said.

— I’m so mad at Comcast I want FiOS, but it’s not in my Eastside neighborhood. What’s happening?

Verizon and King County are negotiating a franchise agreement affecting unincorporated areas. Here’s a link to the King County cable office with an update and contact info.

— The Ceton video card sounds great but it sounds expensive. How much will it cost?

The $250 per tuner number in the column was vague but the best I could get from Ceton, which is still trying to get the device certified and sorting out marketing plans. I’ll provide more specifics as they are available. I think it will be a hit if they keep it under $300 it will be a hit, but if they want $600 or more it won’t be a game changer at all.

— Where did you get the $22 price for an “additional HD DVR” from Comcast?

That was in the Sept. 2 legal notice announcing price changes effective as of Oct. 6. It includes the monthly cost of an additional box and cable outlet.

— What about all those new HD channels Comcast promised?

Here’s the announcement from Comcast with more details. Note that the additions include current channels that are being sent at a higher resolution.

— What are you talking about here? I don’t understand any of this jibber jabber.

Comcast is converting some of its channels from an analog format to a digital format. This will free up bandwidth for the company to deliver more channels and services on its network. Here’s the original story disclosing how this will affect “expanded basic” customers and a March item with links to FAQs and more info.

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