Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Metro Detroit, Tampa Bay
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Somewhere in your setup menus is an option that'll select between "antenna" or "cable." Connect and do a scan after choosing "Cable." You'll get any channels that are unencrypted. That's usually your local stations, C-Span, Shopping channels and community-service channels. Plus anything still being sent via analog, which is less and less likely as time goes on. Most services refer to this set of channels as "Broadcast basic" or some such.
But, yeah, you most likely won't get ESPN, FS1, Discovery, et al and you definitely won't get HBO, Showtime and so on. To get everything you're paying for, you'll need either the box from Cox or a CableCARD device, such as a TiVo. Or you can get really industrious and build an HTPC that uses CableCARD. The STB from Cox is probably the best way to go as cable companies tend to support their own boxes. Third-party solutions.. you're on your own.
Walking the fine line between jaw-dropping and a plain ol' yawn.