Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Forest Hills, NY
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Here is the reply I received from Time Warner Cable: "Currently we are broadcasting CBS in HDTV on UHF channel 46. In Manhattan only we are broadcasting HBO in HDTV on UHF channel 48. You will need to purchase a HDTV decoder box to view these channels if your TV is not HDTV ready. Please keep in mind that Time Warner Cable is not a provider of HDTV, as the signal is broadcast directly from the station. (Translation...you need a set top box to receiver UHF channels 46 and 48. It appears you can record this if you have the Panny combo.)
"Beta Testing for our new HDTV DTV converters has not yet begun. This box, when released, will allow you to see additional channels in HDTV. For your information Time Warner Cable will be providing HDTV service for these new HDTV converters using QAM 256 protocol. At this time we cannot provide any further information regarding the availability of additional HDTV stations carried on our cable system."
At this time, you get one channel in HD, in the future you will need their box to descramble the HD signal which uses QAM 256 protocol. (Translation...not very exciting news. If you have to use the cable box to descramble their HD transmission, you can bet that there will be no method for recording the signal. So this means Dish is still the best source for HD programming, and if your one of the lucky people to own the Panny combo/Dish 5000/Modulator, you are part of an exclusive few that can record HD. I have everything but the modulator, and that seems to be the hardest item to find.)