I'm helping a friend who has Mediacom cable. They have a 37" LCD in the bedroom that has been running with a "digital" converter according to Mediacom. They pay $2/mo. for this. Mediacom says that to allow HD they must upgrade to a HD receiver which is $10/mo. Is there any solution like a cable card or a cable HD receiver available on the aftermarket that will work for them?
I'm surprised there isn't an easier or cheaper solution.
Well, there used to be CableCard HDTVs, but nobody bought them, so they went away. Power board on mine fried. I miss it every day. I keep thinking they (or something like that) MIGHT be back once cable systems abandon analog altogether.
Until then, I went the HTPC route. It's still $5 a month for the CableCard from the cable company. So, yeah, in your case, just get another box or - if they already have an HD box somewhere in the house and don't plan on watching both sets at the same time, get an HDMI splitter and run a cable to the bedroom TV.
Walking the fine line between jaw-dropping and a plain ol' yawn.
Two of my three HDTV's have CableCard slots. My third HDTV is a 2002 model, before CableCards existed, or else it would have a CableCard slot also!
WS65711 what are the make/model TVs? This is the solution I am looking for in a small space where I could not put another STB, and could use a FiOS card. Any idea of a list of the old TVs that had slots for CableCARDs? Thx.
But doesn't Comcast include the STB price in the total package price?
IDK. I got Digital Basic, comes with 2 'tuning adapters' (SD RF out one way only boxes) and a SD 2 way box that has RF or Composite out. So far there's no charge for these boxes. Additionally I have a Cablecard in a 3 tuner HDHR Prime that feeds SD and HD versions of all my subscribed channels including ShowTime. I'm not paying extra for the HiDef or the CableCard. Not to mention no charge for a PVR. Plus I get $2.50 back for using my own equipment.