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Comcast cable directly into new TV?

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My mother is getting a new LCD HDTV. She currently has Comcast, but does not use a cable box as the cable goes directly into her old TV. I was surprised to notice that the new TV has an RF input. Does this mean that she can still plug the cable directly into the TV and get the same channels (1-100 I think) without having a cable box?
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If the new TV has a "clear QAM" tuner, the best she will get are local channels only. For channels that are "expanded basic" (or whatever they call it now), she will need a cable box. (Assuming her headend has converted to all digital. If not now... they will be.)
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Originally Posted by Ratman View Post

If the new TV has a "clear QAM" tuner, the best she will get are local channels only. For channels that are "expanded basic" (or whatever they call it now), she will need a cable box. (Assuming her headend has converted to all digital. If not now... they will be.)

Thanks. I did some more research, and it looks like Comcast will be ditching its analog service here in Houston in March. So she's going to have to get a cable box no matter what.
post #4 of 5
If her new set is an HD set, be sure to order HDTV Service and get Comcast's HD Box.

Or, if you don't want to pay for HD service, then use their "Digital Terminal Adapter" (DTA) box, a splitter and an A/B switch, so she can watch the unencrypted local channels in HD.
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