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New to HDTV. Please help with cable question!

diggy488
02-12-2010, 02:12 PM
Until now, I had CRT type TV. I just purchased an LG 42' lcd 1080p. We have the basic cable channels. No extras, no HD subscription, no digital boxes, etc. Here's what I'd like to do. I want to keep my current cable setup without adding any subscriptions, and I also want to watch over-the-air HD channels with an antenna. My TV only has one coaxial input, so does this mean I can only utilize one reception at a time? Is there a device that will let me watch both my paid channels AND the HD channels via antenna? I hope this makes sense. Thank you for any input!

blackbeagle
02-12-2010, 02:20 PM
Until now, I had CRT type TV. I just purchased an LG 42' lcd 1080p. We have the basic cable channels. No extras, no HD subscription, no digital boxes, etc. Here's what I'd like to do. I want to keep my current cable setup without adding any subscriptions, and I also want to watch over-the-air HD channels with an antenna. My TV only has one coaxial input, so does this mean I can only utilize one reception at a time? Is there a device that will let me watch both my paid channels AND the HD channels via antenna? I hope this makes sense. Thank you for any input!


Throw the outdoor/indoor antenna to the coax on your TV so you can get your off the air HD programming. Then throw your S, composite cable/audio from your cable box to your TV.

Then switch your inputs on your TV back and forth to get the two seperate signals.

diggy488
02-12-2010, 03:01 PM
The thing is that I don't have a cable box, just the coax from the wall. Can I buy a simple cable box without a subscription? Thanks for the help!

DoctorCAD
02-12-2010, 03:25 PM
Did you try to scan the cable for HD signals? Many of them have all of the locals in HD for free, some have lots of free HD channels.

Plug the cable in and figure out how to scan the cable in your owners manual.

And, NO you cannot buy a cable box from anyone but the cable company, and that will be a lease.

blackbeagle
02-12-2010, 05:18 PM
Did you try to scan the cable for HD signals? Many of them have all of the locals in HD for free, some have lots of free HD channels.

Plug the cable in and figure out how to scan the cable in your owners manual.

And, NO you cannot buy a cable box from anyone but the cable company, and that will be a lease.

I have D* and not cable so I don't know if HD local is included or not. When I did research for my friends with Comcast, I was told by a local stereo store that Comcast HAVE to included local in HD in their package without the extra cost. I don't know if it's true but if that's your only option, I would suggest doing the above 'scan' to see if you indeed can pick up the local HD.

Scottnot
02-13-2010, 07:41 AM
The thing is that I don't have a cable box, just the coax from the wall. Can I buy a simple cable box without a subscription? Thanks for the help!
You need an AB switch.

You can get one for less than $2 . . . http://www.amazon.com/Parts-Express-Coaxial-A-Switch/dp/B0002ZPIQ4

Or you can go fancy: http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2049643

diggy488
02-13-2010, 09:03 PM
Thank you all for the generous help.

Scott. I picked up the a/b switch today at Walmart! Thanks so much pal!