....and those few channels left usually are local OTA channels anyway that you'll get in analogue SD... For each analogue channel that is removed, an encrypted QAM stream can have many SD channels, or a few HD, depending on various factors.
From my experience, connecting a cable from a TV to a cancelled cable service is a horrendous make-work project. :-)
The legality issue has been pounded so much that it's microns in thickness now...
DAB listener 12/2003-11/2011 (DAB Off-Air since 11/2011)
HD radio Listener since 06/2010