Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, and third-place finisher in this year’s Worst Company In America tournament, announced last week that it will be rolling out this encryption in various markets around the country. Customers with set-top boxes leased from Comcast don’t need to do anything about it. People without boxes or who use third-party devices will probably need the adapter.
Kabletown will be allowing affected customers to get up to two adapters at no extra charge, but as we’ve seen, Comcast has a way of deciding to charge for these sorts of devices a few years later.
GigaOm reports that Comcast has made a deal with Boxee so that its encrypted signal will work on certain of that company’s boxes, though Boxee’s older dongle will not be compatible.
Comcast recently posted an FAQ page on the topic, presumably so customers don’t have to deal with getting bad information from Comcast customer service reps.
Meanwhile, the folks at LifeHacker have posted a round-up of other options for potential cord-cutters who no longer want to deal with Comcast (at least for cable service).