Toshiba 52 in DLP, had the cable company ( Cox )out about 2 weeks ago, to
install a cable card in my TV as it has a built in tuner and there is no
need for a external box, the problem I am having is, I can't get all the
channels in high def I am supose to all the time.
The cable company has been out 2 times checked the signal,programed the
card, all the connections and every thing checks out, they re-program the
set to learn the channels, that works for a day or so then I start to loose
channels, they are telling me that the TV manufacture and the cable card
manufacture ,are sometimes not on the same page and its takes the card a few
times to learn and hold the channels.
Got them coming out tomorrow to check it out again and I want a different
Anyone else experiencing the same or similar problems, with a cable card.(
Motorola card ) I don't want a big ass cable box on the tv when I paided for
a built in tuner.
TV is getting way too complicated....
I just turn mine on, flip channels with the remote and watch it.
Well, once and awhile i got to rotate the antenna.
But no cards, no worry about HD, none of that, and best yet, no
That's not true. The only thing being shut down is analog broadcast TV
(NTSC). It's being replaced by digital broadcast which is also free,
the same content, plus HD capability and it's already available in most
Really? Are you saying that they are going to broadcast (that means radio
waves) a digital signal that can be received via antenna? Or are you talking
about a digital signal that is transmitted via satellite that is recieved
via dish? Give me a link so I can learn more about this new free service.
Yes, they are transmitting digital signals over the air and receivable with
the proper antenna and tuner. See below:
Got HDTV signals?
There are three basic ways to receive HDTV signals: Over-the-air (OTA)
broadcasts from your local network and PBS affiliate stations; digital
satellite TV providers such as DIRECTV and EchoStar (DISHNetwork); and
finally, HDTV via cable. The first step on the road to HDTV is determining
what signals are available to you, and what equipment you need to receive
those signals. (For more specific HD programming info, see our HDTV Links
a.. Over-the-air broadcasts: Digital TV broadcasts are currently being
transmitted by 1550 stations in 211 TV markets around the country that
include over 99% of U.S. TV households (as of 1/06). You can find out if any
stations in your area are providing digital broadcasts by visiting this
handy site and punching in your zip code (the site lists local cable HD
availability, too). Or, check the National Association of Broadcasters'
complete and up-to-date DTV station list. Be sure to note which channel
numbers your local stations are using for their DTV broadcasts. Most are in
the normal UHF range (14 through 83), meaning you can receive them with a
UHF antenna. If some of the channels are below 14, you'll need a VHF/UHF
antenna. For antenna information that's specific to your location, visit the
Consumer Electronics Association's antenna selector website. We carry
several TV antennas, including DTV-optimized models.
What you need: an appropriate antenna for your signal conditions, and
either an HDTV (a set with both HD-capable resolution and a built-in HDTV
tuner), or an "HDTV-ready" TV connected to a separate HDTV tuner.
I have an antenna and a box to receive the digital OTA broadcasts. The
picure quality is equal to or BETTER than cable.
The box I have is called US Digital, and Walmart sells it, but I think they
may be discontinuing it.
They already are in most larger markets. Remember of course you need a
TV capable of HD digital.
The comments "The feds are shutting off free TV in 2009" are just
Try 2007......You will need to purchase a box that will allow you to
receive digital signals. What do you think...People with TV's that
have tuners that receive NTSC are going to go out and buy TV's with
ATSC tuners? The box will adapt old TV's for new digital signals.
yes, most stations already have a digital counterpart, for FREE.
That's how many of us get High Def programming, over the air,
absolutely free. In fact, the quality is better than cable or
satellite because the compression over those services are greater than
OTA (over the air).
Go to www.antennaweb.org, type in your zip, and you can see what
stations are broadcasting digitally in your area.
This is not satellite. Most digital stations are broadcast in the UHF
Enter your ZIP code at
to find out what digital TV signals are being transmitted in your area
(and at what distance and direction).
We have an outside antenna for digital TV because DirecTV doesn't yet
have our locals in HD. And we get even more channels than I expected,
because some stations are transmitting on multiple "subchannels"; e.g.,
not just 36.1, but 36.2 and 36.3 as well. There might be both 4:3 and
16:9 versions of the same program, different programs, or perhaps
continuously updated local weather information.
I stand corrected. Thanks for all the info.
Being a captive of a cable company (big hill behind the house results in no
direct broadcast signals) I was assuming it was the same deal. Maybe I
should put up a big antenna on the top of the hill.
FCC accelerated the time for all manufacturers to include off the ait ATSC
and NTSC tuners in all TV sets by later this year. Previously the ruling
only allowed for sets 13" and larger by this year. Pretty soon, you won't
be seeing HD monitors where you have to buy the tuner seperately.
I get my HD off a 20 year old roof antenna and get 2x more channels in HD
than the cable company puts on the wire and I don't have to pay the $5
1. They're shutting down the older broadcast system (NTSC). The
digital ones (ATSC) can be as free as the older ones.
2. That date used to be earlier. Government often puts things off
multiple times. I'd be surprised to find the change effective in 2009
as currently claimed.
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