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I have a Zenith 901 that I thought was a good digital to analog converter. It does OTA great but does not add digital channels through my cable service like my Sony Wega or Vizio sets will. My cable service has added 30 something channels to it's basic service. Of course the analog sets will not recognize them but my newer sets will. Why won't the converter pick it up I'm wondering? I thought these boxes were supposed to do what new HD TV's do.
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I have a Zenith 901 that I thought was a good digital to analog converter. It does OTA great but does not add digital channels through my cable service like my Sony Wega or Vizio sets will. My cable service has added 30 something channels to it's basic service. Of course the analog sets will not recognize them but my newer sets will. Why won't the converter pick it up I'm wondering? I thought these boxes were supposed to do what new HD TV's do.

By law, a CECB will not work with cable. All they do is receive Digital TV signals, and downconvert them for use with older standard TV's.

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I wonder why the law allows TV sets to do so then. Wouldn't it be the same difference?
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When Ken said "Digital TV signals" he meant "over-the-air digital TV signals from an antenna."

The CECBs that are the subject of this forum are specifically aimed at converting over-the-air digital channels to analog for use with old analog-only TVs. The government is subsidizing these boxes because they're taking away the over-the-air analog channels.

The government is not taking away analog cable channels, so why should it subsidize cable converter boxes?

There are some boxes that pick up both over-the-air (ATSC) and cable (QAM) digital channels. But they're not subsidized by the government so you have to pay more for them. These boxes are discussed next door in the "HDTV Technical" forum. Note that these boxes pick up only channels that your cable company does not encrypt. Most cable companies encrypt all their digital channels except the local broadcast channels and a few odds and ends.
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Yes, the converter boxes are for OTA viewers that don't have cable or satellite, or are hooking it to a TV without those services.

People with cable and satellite are expected to get their equipment from their provider.

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I have a Zenith 901 that I thought was a good digital to analog converter. It does OTA great but does not add digital channels through my cable service like my Sony Wega or Vizio sets will. My cable service has added 30 something channels to it's basic service. Of course the analog sets will not recognize them but my newer sets will. Why won't the converter pick it up I'm wondering? I thought these boxes were supposed to do what new HD TV's do.

The CECBs are doing EXACTLY what they were designed / speced for - provide for older NTSC TVs that receive OTA signals so they can now get the ATSC signals that are the new standard. They were NOT designed to do anything with cable (unless your cable company is a maverick that is using ATSC / 8VSB over their cable plant).

You CAN put antennas on your owned and/or controlled property...
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/facts/otard.html

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