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An End To Unencrypted Digital Cable TV and the HTPC 345

Posted by timothy
from the so-I-can-be-both-ahead-of-and-behind-my-time dept.
Talinom writes "AnandTech has a writeup on how ClearQAM appears to be headed for an early death. From the article — 'At this point there's no reason to believe that cable companies won't deploy Privacy Mode across their networks, so it's a matter of 'when,' not 'if' this will happen. It goes without saying that if you're currently enjoying the use of a ClearQAM tuner to receive EB tier channels, you'll want to enjoy what time you have left, and look in to other solutions for the long-haul. At this pace, it looks like cable TV and computers will soon be divorcing.'" Update: 08/27 23:59 GMT by T : "EB" here stands for "Expanded Basic (cable service)"; Wikipedia as usual has a time-sucking, digressive, fascinating explanation about the tiers of cable TV service in the US.
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An End To Unencrypted Digital Cable TV and the HTPC

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  • by Absolut187 (816431) on Thursday August 27, 2009 @05:06PM (#29223057) Homepage

    If only there were some way to make a computer decrypt an encrypted signal...

    Oh well, I guess that's game over.


  • Re:Not Sad (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 27, 2009 @07:13PM (#29224673)

    Hey, it's me, Cable. Remember me, you lying sack of shit? You still with that Youtube skank? You owe me $300, that's $60 a month for the past 5 months, and you'd better pay up, asshole. I don't care that you say you sent me a cancellation notice! I never got the papers, so you never sent them. Pay up or your credit rating gets it.

    Hey. I'm sorry, honey. I'm sorry I said those bad things. Look, I've been thinking... could we give it another try? I can offer you two months of free HBO? In HD? Come on, wasn't it good when we were together? Please. You're really important to me. I just want you back. I need you.

    Fine. Fuck you then. You owe me $300 plus $60 for HBO. Cash will do nicely, if you ever want to borrow money ever again. I hope you get AIDS from Bittorrent.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.