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Old 12-09-2011, 10:54 PM   #1
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Hi. I'm from NY. Back many years ago, i did not have an HDTV. I had those big television sets. Also, i used to have time warner cable and paid around $72 a month. 2 years ago i cancelled it because i didn't watch much tv anymore. Basically i didn't need to watch TNT, ESPN, and have all those channels.

Then we got the basic cable. We pay about $21.99 for it. We get channels like NY1, Food Network and all those channels like Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC. I have quite a few questions i wanted to ask.

1. When i had basic cable and had by big tv, my channels were easy to locate. Channel 2 was cbs, 4 was nbc, 5 was fox etc. However, when i got my HDTV, its a samsung 32' tv, i saw i had HD channels. However, these channels are not channel 2, channel 4, channel 5 etc. I do have those channels but the picture quality is horrible.
Also, i had removed my cable box last time in both of my televisions. The other tv is those big crt TVs that we rarely use. Anyways, my question are since i have an HDTV, is having the black box time warner cable gave us even necessary? Is it basically the same thing?

2. Also, why is it that many channels have a weak signal or is scrambled. Do i need to buy an antennea for this? Also, why do some channels disappear and move to another channels? For example, back a few months ago, NBC HD was channel 4-2 and now its like channel 65-1. Basically i need to go one by one to search for my HD channels because the regular channels picture quality is horrible. I mean... if it was like how my big tv looked in terms of quality, i wouldn't be upset. Sometimes channels like TBS HD would no longer be found after i store it as a favorite channel. Is there a reason for this? Like right now the channel is that TBS HD has no signal.

3. Also, when i had regular cable, i paid around $72 a month. Now i pay around $21.99 a month. Just want to make sure but basic cable is just me paying for channels like NY1, Food Network and TBS right? What happens if i decide to cancel my basic cable? Would i have to return those boxes? And if i do this, does that mean the only channels available to me will be my local channels? And does that mean i have to buy an antenna otherwise the quality of the picture will be horrible even though i have an HDTV? I read that if you cancel basic cable, your TV picture quality will look horrible if you have those old CRT TVs. Is this true? I read that you need an antenna to have good picture... but would you still need an antenna if you have an HDTV with no basic cable?

4. I also noticed i got HBO and Showtime. Is there a reason why I'm receiving these channels? I found these channels when i was keep channel surfing and then saw movies there and then went to tvguide and saw that these channels were HBO and Showtime. Is it a mistake that i have these channels? The thing is a few people in my building also have it as well and they tell me its because our HDTV broadcast it for us free? That doesn't sound right does it?
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Old 12-10-2011, 01:24 PM   #2
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:03 PM   #3
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Can't speak for your market in general,but here in Charlotee,NC twc moved a bunch of local channels to higher frequencies that require a box to get hd locals.Normally your hd locals have -1 thru 9,etc...If your getting espn,tbs,tnt,etc...in hd without a box your lucky.Let the tv scan for all the channels.After it's done go on-line to twc whatever your city is channel guide and delete the duplicate channels and 1's you don't watch.If the picture quality is horrible,then it isn't hd
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:02 PM   #4
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Hi. No i don't receive espn or tnt. I do receive TBS, Food Network though and HBO and Showtime.

Anyone else can answer my questions?
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:17 PM   #5
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Also, all my HD channels are not 1-9. The only channel that is HD is channel 5. But when i first got my TV... all the HD channels were 2, 4, 5 , 7 etc but then it all got changed....
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Have you "scanned" the cable for channels?

Sounds like you have "basic" cable, no box...Is that correct?
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:36 PM   #7
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Yes i have. Its like tv goes black and then takes like 20-30 minutes right?


I have basic cable. I pay 21.99 per month for it. I also have a cable box.... its from TWC, its black. However, i unplugged in and just put it away. I was told by someone i wouldn't even need it plugged.
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:29 PM   #8
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You are only seeing clear QAM signals on your TV. TW is slowly moving to a "box-only" broadcast, as are all cable companies eventually.

If you want HD, a box is required, otherwise you have already seen what the results of no box are. The box you have today is not HD, so you do not need to use it, but if you do, you will have the channels you are used to seeing on the numbers you are used to seeing them on. No HD, though...
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:57 PM   #9
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Okay guys. I saw that channel list one of you put. Yes i do get those basic channels but they do not go past channel 75 or so. And the channels between 1-75... well most of them are completely useless for me. Basically the only channels that are worth it are NY1, TBS and Food Network though i don't watch food network.

So I'm basically paying $22 a month just for these 3 channels? If i decide to cut off my basic cable of $22 a month, i know i will lose all these channels and those other basic cable channels... but i will still get my CBS, NBC, Fox in HD right? Also, i would then have to return the cable box to Time Warner right? And can someone tell me what is the point of buying an antenna box?

Would it be completely useless if i just had regular tv and no basic cable? What would be the point of having the antenna if i had basic cable? Would it be to not get that annoying weak signal i see on the screen?
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:59 AM   #10
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I think you are VERY confused...

Cable TV is what you currently have, but you won't use it like the cable company wants you to, so you see what the results are. If you give up the cable and box to TW, you will get absolutely nothing on your TV if you plug that cable in.

If you do cancel the cable and return the box, you COULD plug an antenna into the TV and possibly get some TV channels. It all depends on where you live and how close you are to the TV broadcast towers. Those channels would be network only and most would be in HD. If you live in a good area, the signal will be rock solid. There is no such thing as a weak signal anymore, you will either get a channel or you will not.

Cable and antenna are 2 different things.
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You are changing channels through your CABLE BOX correct ? It sounds like you have a box, but are incorrectly changing your channels through the TV. ??

Your TV needs to be on the specific input, and the channels are changed through the cable box. If its an HDTV, you should be using HDMI or component cables from the cable box to TV.
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You are changing channels through your CABLE BOX correct ? It sounds like you have a box, but are incorrectly changing your channels through the TV. ??

Your TV needs to be on the specific input, and the channels are changed through the cable box. If its an HDTV, you should be using HDMI or component cables from the cable box to TV.
OP is not using the box.
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Old 12-26-2011, 09:23 PM   #13
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Okay so right now i opened my tv... and every channel has the signal is too weak for my samsung lcd tv. These are the channels i made favorite last time such as CBS, NBC, Fox Hd etc. Usually the next day i open the tv, then channels come back without these weak signal. However, the easiest way to fix this problem is my scanning the channels over again which takes around 30 minutes. Then of course i have to add my channels as favorites and do it over and over again...

Would getting an antenna pretty much solve this problem? So many samsung TVs i hear has this problem. And if so, which antenna should i buy? I see some on amazon and there is one that is really good... cost about $39 or so with great reviews. Does that mean if i buy that one, then i will never have any weak signal or scrambed channels? This is very very frustrating.
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:50 PM   #15
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Go to http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.aspx and put in the info necessary.It will let you know how close you are to the towers.If your within 25 miles any antenna should work.The cable co's are guilty of moving the hd locals into higher frequencies so,basic cable subscribers will have to get a box for their hd locals.A antenna worked for old sammy for all channels but 1 and that 1 came in if I moved the antenna.
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