Originally Posted by holl_ands
I'm a bit confused by your claim that your OTHER Sceptre TV's are "receiving" Digital TV Channels...if they have QAM Tuners, they might be FINDING Ch100+ Digital Channels, but they won't actually DISPLAY a picture unless they are equipped with either a CableBox or a CableCARD plugged into a matching card slot on the TV's to decrypt the digital signals (if so equipped).
Since the SD Digital Channels that replicate the Analog Channels "should" be encrypted, the ONLY programs you should actually be able to SEE, are the ANALOG Channels (easy to identify, since they do NOT have decimal channel numbers). If you can "see" the SD Digital Channels (will have a DECIMAL Channel Number, e.g. 7.1, 13.1, 109.3, etc), then TWC has not YET encrypted this tier IN YOUR AREA.....but they PLAN TO in the very near future, making Unencrypted, "Clear" QAM Tuners obsolete.
Your new Scepter also should be incapable of displaying encrypted Digital Channels, unless it is also capable of accepting a CableCARD decryption card (rarely if ever seen in new sets)...or uses an external CableBox.
Whatever the case, TWC SOCAL is in the process of ELIMINATING ALL ANALOG CHANNELS...it's just a matter of which month your neighborhood gets shifted over to ALL DIGITAL. Prior to this happening, TWC should notify you that you will need a DTA (Digital Terminal Adapter) for each and EVERY TV or HDTV connected to Cable....which "should" be free for the first year and perhaps $1.50 to $2.00 each per month thereafter....or upgrade to a fully functioning CableBox/DVR.
Thanks for your reply.. Unfortunately, I honestly can say that I only understood about half of what you said.. I don't know what you mean by encrypted, SD digital channels, etc.. So.. ya. Sorry I can't be more clear. I'm just inherently bad at understanding those kind of things. Ask me about Shakespeare, and I can help you. Ask me about tech, and I'll curl up into the fetal position and suck my thumb.
I do know, however, that TWC is doing.. whatever you said.. in my area and that I would need a digital adapter. Is that the same thing as those digital converter box thingies? Or no?
I'm able to watch lots of other channels on my 2 other Sceptres, for about 2 years now.. so what you're saying is that after this conversion thing is over (August 5th, I guess?), I won't be able to see those channels anymore? Like COZI TV, LWN, etc.. or will I not be able to see my regular analog(?) channels like Cartoon Network and Food Network and whatnot.. Or both? Again, I have no additional boxes or whatever.
Please spoon feed me. Preferably gently.
And also, what do you guys think of this TV? I think I'm returning the Sceptre to Walmart, as it's also doing a weird blinking thing 2 seconds after I change every channel.