Originally posted by Todd76I think it would tune 2-13 only (VHF), but who still has a TV that old?
I am pretty sure the cable channels go from the VHF band, to the UHF band, to what one might call an "upper" UHF band and then to what one might call a "super" UHF band. I know in the earlier days of cable TV, but after it had maybe been around for about 10 years, I had worked with some older "cable ready" TVs that could not all tune all of the cable channels. I remember looking at the various manuals where they explained how cable channel numering worked and some of the TVs could receive the highest numbered channels while others were more limited (but could receive a certain number of UHF channels.)
Until recently I had a 20 year old Sony TV that could tune the cable channels up to a point.
Of course we are talking strickly analog channels here, not the digitally encoded ones that require a box from your cable company.
I read recently that the cable industry is trying to standardize on a solution that will provide for built-in tuner capability that replaces the boxes they supply. This way you wouldn't need an external box to tune HBO, SHO, PPV, etc. I am all for that, and imagine the cable companies would still charge you as if you had a box but would just "authorize" your built-in TV CATV tuner, but they wouldn't need to supply you a box. It really amazes me that it's taken 30 years for this. Said solution is supposed to include D/HDTV as well.