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Old 01-02-2007, 12:42 PM   #1
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I have cox digital cable.I have a toshiba 50'' hdtv,onkyo surround.I am in the process of buying a toshiba hd dvd player also...I see cox offers a few hd channels around the 800 channels..Now my question is ?
In order to receive hd tv from cox,what do i need to do to my existing system,do i need a hd dvr? or do i just have to pay a premium to receive the hd signal from cox?I see that channels sometimes have a hd picture as a special event,discovery does this every now and then ,ive seen.Is there another receiver i need for hd reception,or is that all piped thru the digital cable ?

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Old 01-02-2007, 12:47 PM   #2
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You need a HD Box , or a HD dvr from cox,
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:53 PM   #3
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thankyou very much.I imagine they can only be rented or leased thru cox?Can they be purchased ? Will the hd box only allow me to watch the hd channels available in the 800's,or does it effect any other of the reg digital channels.What does a hd box do for me channel wise?Several channels?or just the few that are marked hd in the 800's channel section...?I confuse myself,i know,lol.....
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The box will allow you to view everything you can now, PLUS the HD channels.
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Old 01-02-2007, 02:30 PM   #5
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I've been with a couple of cable companies in the last couple of years and to save a little money I went without digital cable for awhile. My TV is a Tuner and not just a monitor so I had the expanded basic cable package with the local cable provider and I pulled in all the local HD channels including a couple that were supposedly only available with a digital cable box. I have done this twice with two different companies and both times the PQ was great and the HD was a good as ever. Now I didn't have all the bells and whistles of a programming guide or a DVR but it wasn't bad at all. If my previous companies package would have been so expensive - even for a non-digital package - I probably would have stayed with them and waited for the HD Tivo.

Yes you need a box to get all the great HD channels but if cost is a concern, and your primarily want locals and your cable company carries locals in HD then it's possible you may not need a cable box. If you already have your HDTV set up then try this. Since you already have digital cable with Cox unhook your cable box, take the cable and screw it in to the Antenna/Cable input. Then on your TV find the menu that will scan all your channels and it will find every digital channel that is available to you at this time. If your TV is only a monitor then this will NOT work and you have to have a cable box but if it's a tuner I think you might be suprised by what you find. At least this way you can enjoy HDTV programming on your local channels without paying anything extra just yet. Most daytime programming isn't broadcast in HD but you will definitely notice if you tune into Fox tonight for the football game.
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Old 01-02-2007, 03:09 PM   #6
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Default no STB needed.... for some HD channels

you can get all local HD CH's and then some WITHOUT a box or DVR.
(it's an FCC rule)
you will need a STB in order to get channels that are not sent out over the airwaves (INHD, HBO, ETC) are a few that come to mind



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"Cable subscribers may buy a “Digital Cable Ready” (DCR) or “Plug-and-Play” television that plugs directly into the cable jack and does not require a separate set-top box. In order to receive scrambled programming and premium one-way services, cable subscribers with a DCR TV will need to obtain a CableCARD from their cable company."

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Old 01-02-2007, 07:47 PM   #7
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:47 PM   #8
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Did you have any luck finding anything other than your local HD's? I did this once and found PPV channels for free! At that time I also was able to receive TNT HD, INHD 1 and 2, and HDNET.
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you can get all local HD CH's and then some WITHOUT a box or DVR.
(it's an FCC rule)
Mmmm, not quite. One can theoretically get all the local channels in HD with an antenna. I say theoretically because I live in a forest of big, tall buildings, an antenna won't work for me.

As for local HD channels with a cable connection and without a STB or cable box, again, only maybe. If you're TV does NOT have a QAM tuner, you can not get any local HD stations (I think it generally true that only cable card equipped TVs have QAM tuners).
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(I think it generally true that only cable card equipped TVs have QAM tuners).
While that may have been true a couple of years ago, it is no longer so.
There are many models from most manufacturers with ATSC/QAM tuners but no cable card slot.
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