Originally Posted by Tony Chick
I'm confused then. Time-Warner has the analog channels on the lower numbers, and I know they are analog because my ancient 13" 1990's CRT set in the kitchen can tune them on 2-99 without a cable box, but I can also tune & record them on my XL4. It seems the XL4 can handle analog cable, unless the cablecard is doing some remapping.
That's called simulcasting. They broadcast the channel both as analog AND digital. When you tune to the channel using a digital capable box or a device with a CableCARD it redirects the tuner to the digital version of the channel.
My cable company (Charter) still has about 35 channels that are analog only. Some of them have HD equivelents but some of them like AMC, Comedy Central and FX only have analog versions.
The weird thing is I think they tested simulcasting like 6 months ago. I had a few episode of The Daily Show which were much crisper then usual, but then it went back to normal. (I didn't have the Elite yet and didn't think to look for a recording quality flag) I was hoping it would come back but I check every couple of weeks via my Elite and all of them are still analog.