Originally Posted by blueiedgod
Unlike TV's which, when utilizing clearQAM scan for channels, CableBoxes rely on the CableCARD for authentication, which also provides the box with a channel map.
Like I stated earlier, you will need to make sure it has a CableCARD from the provider in it. Once, the CableCARD is paired, then you will be able to receive all of the channels your account is entitled to.
However, here is the big "but". When you rent a CableCARD, you are paying for 6 simultaneous streams, but a CableBOX can only tune 1 stream at once. So, you pay for $6 but only able to view 1.
That is why I suggested going the CableCARD tuner way. We rent a single CableCARD from Verizon for $5/month and can view/record 6 channels at once, plus we have another 6 tuners getting feed from the antenna, for a grand total of 12 feeds at once for the 6 TV's we have on the home network.
Alright. So the previous advice given here was a bit misleading that the 3500STBII would work for my application or I had misunderstood. This 3500STBII does not utilize a cable card from what I can tell. That being said it will be no hassle to return it to Amazon.
I did find this tidbit of information on my providers website:
Compatibility of Set-Top Receivers or Converters – Many newer television sets and VCRs are labeled Cable-ready. According to government rules, after July 1997, TVs and VCRs sold in the U.S. cannot be called Cable-ready unless they comply with new requirements, including the ability to properly tune channels. Some TVs and VCRs, however, cannot tune all channels without some interference. If this is the case with your equipment, you may need to purchase or rent an electronic channel selection device (called a “receiver” or “converter”), or Digital Adapter. If you use a converter, you can only tune to one channel at a time and certain features on your TV and VCR that depend on channel tuning of these devices may not be available with this configuration. For instance, taping one program while watching another, recording two or more consecutive programs that appear on different channels, and the use of advanced picture generation and display features such as picture-in-picture, channel review and other functions that necessitate channel selection by the consumer device may not be possible without additional equipment. If you are not sure whether your television or VCR is Cableready, you should review the equipment manual and instructions, or contact the manufacturer. If your equipment is not fully Cable ready, you can still receive all standard cable channels offering non-scrambled or non-encrypted programming by renting or purchasing a simple set-top converter without descrambling or decryption capabilities. For a monthly fee, we rent settop converters to our customers that will be compatible with the services you purchase from us. You may also purchase set-top converters at electronic stores or other retail outlets in your area. CAS uses state-of-the-art encryption methods to ensure the security of our system. Certain cable converters that have descramblers (so called “pirate boxes” or “black boxes”) are illegal to sell, purchase or use on the cable system. People who use illegal converters/descramblers may be subject to prosecution for theft of cable service. It is unlawful to alter or tamper with any device belonging to a cable operator in order to receive, intercept, or assist in receiving or intercepting any communications service offered over a cable system. People who take such actions may be subject to fines or imprisonment. To the extent our encryption methods affect your reception of signals, we can supply to you special equipment that will enable the simultaneous reception of multiple signals. This equipment could include for example, a Digital Receiver (multiple set-top devices may be required), and signal bypass switches, which will allow simultaneous reception of any two encrypted signals and provide for tuning to alternative channels on a pre-programmed schedule. We will consult with you to determine your specific equipment needs. Upon request, we will attempt to provide you with the types of special equipment needed to resolve your compatibility problem. Please call us if you would like to discuss the type of special equipment needed to resolve individual compatibility problems or if you have any questions regarding other equipment compatibility issues. Charges will apply for purchase or lease of special equipment.
CableCARDS – Certain new TVs/display devices (sometimes referred to as DCR or UDCP devices) are sold with a port for a CableCARD, which can substitute for a set-top channel converter. The current generation of these TVs/display devices cannot interact with the cards to allow you to use any interactive or two-way services that we offer, such as pay-per-view and the CAS interactive programming guide. For more information, please contact us.
Anyways, are there any 'budget' options here? I mean after all this was originally meant for the garage. I just have their 'essential package' basic cable and internet. No movie, sports packages, on-demand, etc. It may just as economical to buy a cheap TV with a proper tuner? I mean I see some Arris DCX-3200 on eBAy but my concern is whether or not they stolen/not returned items and will not be able to be activated.