By Rob Beschizza at 8:36 pm Sun, Feb 22, 2009
Cablevision is now insisting that you rent a cable box from them, even if you're getting the same old basic analog service we've been plugging directly into the back of the set since forever. [Consumerist]
your link is broken.
Looks like it should have been http://consumerist.com/5158096/cablevision-its-impossible-to-hook-up-basic-service-without-a-converter-box.
I had Time Warner Cable in Brooklyn and tried hooking up the cable up straight to my TV without a box. I got like three channels, and they were on different numbers than normal. I called about it and was told the same thing this guy was told.
The link is broken, and the post is broken too. It lacks the usual widgets attached to every post.
It’s simple: You don’t need to rent a box. If Cablevision has migrated to all-digital, you need a Clear QAM tuner — nearly all HDTVs have these built-in. That’s all.
@ZUZU a Clear QAM Tuner will only tune and display digital cable channels that are unencrypted, or in the clear. The parent could either buy his own set top box or get a cablecard, if their TV supports it.
A great number of cable companies are going all digital. It just depends on where you live.
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