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Added a 3rd TV. How to upgrade signals?

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Called Time Warner two nights ago. Asked how much extra for a non DVR unit so I can receive digital channels and HD channels on my new LCD unit.


First call they said $6 a month, 2nd call they said $8 a month. Should have taken the first quote!


I might pull the plug on cable all together when Direct TV comes out with their touted upcoming rollout of 120 HD channels.


Time Warner ticks me off because they say I'm getting a lifetime "win back" discount on my cable bill. I left DTV 3 years ago when I moved and new house already wired for cable. Cable came out in a day to hook it up and DTV told me two weeks. So I said seeya to DTV. Cable's digital signal had caught up in quality to dish anyway. I've been here 3 years and never lost a signal. DTV I temporarily lost signal probably 15 times a year (snow, rain service etc).


Yet when I compare my Son's cable bill to mine (we live 5 miles apart) I pay more than him and he's been getting more premium stations past 3 years than me plus now they want another $8 now for a converter for the 3rd TV. So their win back discount is bull.


So what are my options? New tv is connected to just the coax now and get 2-78 (seems to be basic and standard). At night I'm receiving a few more stations and some seem to be in HD mode. But next morning those channels are gone again?


If I run a coax split off the back of the HD DVR out connection and run that to the new TV and use rabbits to change the DVR's station I get black and grey bars across the top and bottom of the screen.


If I try and run component cables to the new tv and continue to use the HDMI cable on the tv that the dvr is connected too . . . . one can't see two pictures at once unless I unplug the HDMI cable or the component cables.


I guess I could buy an HDMI switch box and run a 25 foot HDMI to new tv, but that will shut the other TV off each time I switch it.


Can one buy their own converter box to receive an HD signal? So I don't have to pay monthly fees since I'm already paying for 2 HD DVR boxes? I would just like to see better quality on the 3rd tv but I don't need a DVR or premium channels on this 3rd tv.


One would think since the new tv is HD ready, I shouldn't need a new converter box.


Am I getting HD stations now off the basic/standard cable? Are there more of these stations coming?


I guess my other option would be to put a pole antenna outside my window but I don't think we have that many over the air HD channels to justify the added effort and expense.


Any direction here is appreciated.
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So what are my options? New tv is connected to just the coax now and get 2-78 (seems to be basic and standard). At night I'm receiving a few more stations and some seem to be in HD mode. But next morning those channels are gone again?

What you're seeing are your neighbor's VOD feeds.

If you did a proper scan for digital chs you should have all you locals in digital some of which will be in HD.


You can scan your locals HDTV thread to see what most folks get in clear QAM.


If you want more than locals you'll need to get another STB.


If you want to lower your bill you really need to threaten to leave - then they'll pass you to a "retention specialist" who'll cut your bill.
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Thanks Biker . . . "Retention" that's the term I was trying to think of. Funny, that's who they switch you over to when you call to cxl your service.


If these companies took care of you the correct way in the first place, they wouldn't need retention specialists . . .


They could call these new people "customer service reps" who are trained not to lose the account in the first place.


Once I reach a retention person, I'm already gone anyway!


I'll give them one shot though before I switch over only because I hated dealing with the dish equipment in the past.


Wow,what innovation that would be . . . a customer service person takes care of you, so you don't have to go as far as a rentention person!


I figured another STB would be what my answer was.


Thx
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