Welcome to Comcast Help & Support Forums
Find solutions, share knowledge, and get answers from customers and experts

New to the Community? Start here.

5,623,347

members

48

online now

1,803,223

discussions

Back to Top

dvd or dvr recorder

Posted by
Visitor
  • Congrats on Posting your first topic!

Message 1 of 2
440 Views

I plan on buying a new DVD or DVR recorder. Some come with tuners and some without. Can I use one without a tuner and just connect it to my cable box and still get all the Comcast features?

 

Fairfax Johnnie

1 REPLY
Posted by
Cable Expert

Message 2 of 2
437 Views

There are still Comcast area's that the limited basic channels are in clearQAM.  Many other area's are starting to lose the clearQAM as Comcast moves forward with a 100% encrypted channels.

 

As Comcast systems differ on if they still have any clearQAM channels left or not, you could find a recorder with a clearQAM tuner, but don't expect it to last too much longer .  Some recorders, even those without tuners, do have iRblasters that can control a cable box for changing channels on the cable box when the recorder needs to change channels.

 

For a long term investment, your only other option is to purchase a Tivo and add a Comcast supplied cable card.  That will get you the encrypted channels on your digital TV package.  Any other solution on a system with full encryption would  be to place a Comcast supplied cable box inline with the recorder to control the channel changes. 




Community Icon
I am not a Comcast employee, I am a paying customer just like you!
I am an XFINITY Forum Expert and I am here to help. For information on the program click here.
We ask that you post publicly so people with similar questions may benefit from the conversation.

Was your question answered? Mark it as an accepted solution!solution Icon
Community Icon
I am not a Comcast employee. I am a paying customer just like you!
I am an XFINITY Forum Expert and I am here to help.
We ask that you post publicly so people with similar questions may benefit.

Was your question answered? Mark it as an accepted solution!solution Icon
Community Icon
I am not a Comcast employee.

Was your question answered?
Mark it as a solution!solution Icon