Originally Posted by billiefan2000
blank channels are still blank channels.
First, it doesn't matter if there are blank channels on a cable system or cable package you buy. Either you like the deal Cox offers and pay for it, or you don't like it and take your money elsewhere.
Second, as noted by others, digital cable systems have all sorts of things going on that may prevent use of specific channel locations. Those who use cable boxes don't have this problem because boxes can re-map channels to and from any locations the cableco desires.
Without a box there are some channel locations that correspond with system frequencies used for PPV, digital telephone, VOIP, and Internet, and other frequencies that are needed for use as a cushion so the services don't interfere with each other.
Without a box you're going to be out of luck before long anyway. Soon the FCC is ruling on a proposal to allow any cable system that is all digital to encrypt all channels. Because having all channels digital increases available system bandwidth, expect to see Cox transition to all digital cable systems in the very near future (About 1/4 of all Comcast systems are already all digital - no analog channels). Once they go all digital and once the FCC passes the proposal, expect to see them encrypt all channels. End of story.