Originally Posted by borhan
I have a question about this free digital cable from Cox. Now do I just call Cox and ask about the free local HD and they would just activate it for me? Im so confused. Also since this is through the cable and not OTA wouldn't this have the better signal in my case? Thanks
1. Don't bother calling Cox because most likely the CSR you talk to wll try to convince you that you need their HD box. The HD signals are already there (unless there is a "trap" installed at the street) and all anyone needs to receive them is a QAM-capable HD tuner
, either one that is integrated with the TV or a standalone unit.
2. In theory, your PQ should be just as good as OTA. However, there are a lot of factors involved with both broadcasting and receiving signals via OTA, cable, or sat, so your PQ will depend on one or more of them. Cox gets most, in not all, their HD signals OTA. That signal is then modulated (QAM) for transmission, etc. Some folks I know who measured all 3 signals say there is no intrinsic difference, but the equipment used to display the signals, particularly the HD tuners, all have their idiosyncracies (different chipsets, etc.), so there will be minor differences. Some channels may look better on sat, others on cable, etc. As far as I can tell, it is all but impossible to receive the perfect signal for all channels on any one system.
3. You just connect the cable to your TV's integrated HD tuner, scan for channels, and you should get the locals that Cox carries. This assumes the following:
A. You gave us the correct TV model number and the TV has an integrated QAM-capable tuner.
B. You have at least basic cable service, either by itself or with your internet service.
C. There is not a "trap" installed in the box on the street.
D. You have the TV User's Guide and the instructions on which connection to use and how to scan for digital channels.