Please bear with me as I get to my point, it's kinda tough to explain.
So my cable service has been 'off' for a month or two now... yet I still get my cable channels as long as I connect the RF cable directly to the TV (instead of going thru a DVR).
Keep in mind, I have NO added antenna (no rabbit ears, no outdoor antenna, etc).
I just now connected the RF cable on my living room TV... and I get the normal cable stations PLUS their HD counterparts, which surprised me. For example, CH 5 will be CBS, and CH 5.1 will be CBS HD. The HD (aka ".1") channels display an antenna signal strength icon when I hit 'info' button on the TV remote, while the SD 'cable' channels do not. I've never dealt with channels with decimal points... with my cable box, HD channels were in the 1,000's as opposed to the SD channels roughly being in the 2-20 range.
My question is --- is the RF Cable that plugs into my cable outlet somehow strengthening my OTA signal? Or more specifically, am I getting these ".1" channels from the cable company? I'm getting all the local HD channels, and the antenna signal strength icon is 100% all the time.... yet I'm 25 miles out from the stations, and have no antenna other then whatever is inside my TV. If (or when) the cable company decides to cut me off completely --- will I somehow lose those OTA signals?
Thanks in advance....
Edited by JP32 - 11/7/12 at 6:23pm