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COX in SB CA and 720p

11-04-2007, 11:35 AM
Hi. My first post.

I just bought a Philips 42" LCD 720p HDTV, and then discovered this little gem on the Cox website:

"Must be capable of receiving 1080i HD signal. 720 or 480 does not meet our requirements."

What do you all make of this? Am I screwed, or will my 720p do just fine with Cox in SB?



11-05-2007, 12:59 AM
Cox are you nuts? That sounds stupid to me. Play around with the menus on your box. Look at the picture you get on the screen. Do you like it? There has got to be a simple way. 1080i converted by your tv perhaps to its native progressive, if that is what cox allows. Can not believe the box would not do 720p. 480p is a must for sd fare. What box do you have?

11-05-2007, 02:30 AM
Your 720p display will work just fine. All modern sets are capable of receiving 1080, 720 and 480 signals. 1080i and 480 signals input to your TV will be cross rez'd to 720p to match your display.

11-05-2007, 03:31 PM
I appreciate the comments. Two friends confirm what you both told me. The Cox website is full of s**t. I'll be signing up for the service (they have a cable monopoly here in SB) and verifying.

Thx again,


11-05-2007, 06:10 PM
I actually live in SB as well and have Cox HD service. Albeit I am using a 1080i tv. I have enjoyed their service except for a few things:

1) CBS is sometimes broadcast out of San Luis Obispo instead of L.a. and the channel does not come in HD. Super annoying, especially during football season.

2) There really are not that many HD channels available through Cox right now but DirectTv is sooo unappealing to me (really because of their menu) that I won't transfer over.

3) There seems to be gaps in the broadcast on the HD channels where the sound will completely cut out for a few seconds and then return.

11-05-2007, 10:48 PM
Hi again,

So, after picking up the Cox HD STB, and connecting it to my Philips 42" 720p using the RGB cables provided, I get beautifully crisp HD programming for about 3 seconds on the HD channels, before it starts breaking up, skipping and chirping. It's as if the decoding of the provided signal is too much for the electronics.

Anyway, I'll be making some calls tomorrow to try and sort this out, but it seems like it's possible that 720p and Cox in SB are not compatible. I'll post when I know more.


11-05-2007, 11:18 PM
Hi again,

After turning the STB and TV off for half an hour, everything's fine now.

I don't get it, but I like it, I REALLY like it. HD ROCKS!!!

Thanks for all your comments,