Advertisements Hello all, I have a relatively new S3 that I was happy as pig-in-mud until very recently...** I have (the most) basic cable (timewarner) service; no extended tier; no cablecard; no HD tier; just the very basic service.**As I understand, the cable companies are required by the FCC to send "local" channels in the "clear" and my relatively new Sony 1080p TV set with QAM tuner is able to tune all the local HD channels that are "in the clear" (clearQAM) just fine...**:-] So I get my "fathers day" S3 and do a channel scan and I'm grinning ear to ear as the S3 finds and tunes the same clearQAM channels as my TV...**but, all is not as well as it could be since the clearQAM channels do not have any program guide info...**shame on TiVo for not allowing an advanced function that would let me "map" the QAM channel number with the EPG guide*which would then give us "guide" info...**but that's life for now...**at least I can watch and record clearQAM HD...**)** But a dark cloud has settled over my gleaming S3...**recently, my cable added a new clearQAM channel.**My TV finds and identifies the QAM channel (xxx.yy) just fine BUT my shinny S3 finds that channel and for some reason assignes it channel number "0."** And, much to my dismay, now, when I select the other clearQAM channels, sometimes the tuner shows the picture just fine, but sometimes I get a nice black screen and no audio.**The interesting thing on the black screen:**if I then go to select "signal meter" the picture magically appears, and if then hit the "live TV" button, the picture is still there...**but, if I get of that channel and then go back to that channel, sometimes the picture is there and sometimes it's back the the black screen...**( Has my S3 gone "bad" and needs service?** Why would the S3 report a QAM channel as channel "0" while my TV QAM tuner show the "actual" QAM channel number?** Why would a clearQAM channel get displayed as a black screen on my S3 (it's never a black screen on the TV QAM tuner) and then magically "tune in the picture" just cause I select "signal meeter" setting? Any QAM experts out there that can shed some light on this?** Any chance that the new TiVoHD will do a better job tuning clearQAM channels?** Thank you. P.S.** A side note on cablecard "fees"...**if all it was is a $2 - $5 a month fee for the cablecard, OK, no big deal.**But, the cable companies don't want to be that service friendly.**Just to be able to have a cablecard, I'm required to add "several" tires to my basic service level and the next thing I now, I'm up to $80+ a month for channels I don't care about just to have that cablecard.