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After reading several threads/posts, I'm still confused.

Current equipment/cable company:

Charter Communications (Cable) Extended Basic Package.

Vizio VX37L HDTV (2 yrs. old), with ATSC, QAM and NTSC.

DIGITAL BOX: General Instrument Interactive Digital Communications wth Dolby Digital, Starphone Model #SFT2-H (rented from Charter Communications @ $6.95/month).

So, my big question continues to be: Do I need to continue to rent the digital cable box to enjoy Charter's Extended Basic programming?

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Possibly not.

Plug the cable from the wall into the TV, set to cable, do a scan and see what channels you get.

I would have tried that 2 years ago.
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Yeah, it depends on what they send "in the clear." Most likely your local NBC, ABC, etc. affiliates, PBS, stuff like Discovery. Maybe some others as a bonus. Totally depends on your area.

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25 months ago Charter offered to reduce my monthly cable price by $23.00 for 12 months (and with a free digital cable box). So, 13 months ago, after the year special, has been allowing me to pay the $23.00, which includes the $6.95 rental for the digital cable box. The average savings thus far has been 12($23)/25 = $11.04 saving per month.....so I'm still in the black (so to speak).

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What is a non-HD digital cable box used for? Does it matter if the input cable carries an analog signal, only?

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non-HD digital boxes get the standard definition digital channels. What you get depends on your cableco, but it's generally additional channels, plus the digital simulcasts of the analogs.

I had one for a few years before getting an HD box, and got the extended basic from TWC, and their "variety" tier which had things like BBC America, Sleuth, Speed, and a few things like that. Your cableco's website should say what packages their digital tiers provide.

Digital refers to the delivery to the box itself. Digital transmission is more bandwidth friendly than analog, which is why the cablecos like it (more channels = more variety for customers = more customers.) The box will convert it to analog for standard def TVs, as I don't think many of them if any had digital inputs.

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