i've had Comcast(Xfinity) for 17yrs, and i first started using the Channels app over 6yrs ago. over those 6yrs, i've become completely dependent on my SiliconDust HD Homerun tuners (two of them), and multiple AppleTVs running the Channels app, and a Synolgy NAS running the Channels DVR.
well, looks like that'll be going away in the near future unless someone here can educate me on a GOOD solution that will keep me from having to ditch Channels altogether.
here's the problem... in 2020 the FCC removed the CableCard requirement for cable companies, and cable companies have jumped at the chance to make user provided equipment a thing of the past.
i went in today to Xfinity because my current TV/Internet package deal had expired, and i was going to see about getting "repackaged" with another cheaper deal. the long and short of it, they no longer have CableCards in their system, so if i pick a different package i'll loose my existing CableCard support, and will have to lease their equipment and can't provide my own.
so i'm screwed. for now i can keep the package i got, and the CableCard in my HDHR will continue to work just fine, but i'll be paying more for the package than what i could be otherwise.
here's one rub i have. the FCC did say that providers no longer had to provide CableCard, but they "are still required to provide separable security", whatever the f*&k that means. my guess it means they have to provide some other means of authenticating with their encrypted network but still be able to have user provided equipment. does anyone know what method(s) they are using, or plan to use?!
SiliconDust would be a great source of info on where the industry is going with regard to CableCard alternatives for user provided equipment, but trying to speak to someone within that company that would even have a clue would be a nightmare endeavor to say the least.