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Anyone got a digital cable box from COX with an HDMI port thats not the DVR Box? I've called twice and they tell me if I want a box with a HDMi I need to upgrade to the DVR box.
 

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Just use an HDMI to DVI converter plug or all-in-one cable. They don't cost much and will give you the exact same picture as HDMI does. You just won't have the audio on the same cable.
 

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No, there are not any, if you live in a Cox market that uses SA (Scientific Atlanta) boxes. Only the SA8000HD and SA8300HD converters have HDMI output. The SA3250HD has a DVI out, like someone else mentioned, but you are correct, that requires you to have separate audio cabling.


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The SA8000HD does NOT have an HDMI output. That is incorrect above.


I would complain to COX. My local TW does the same thing. They keep giving me excuses of how they just spend all the money they had on buying out Adelphia. They say that they have no money to purchase new STB's.
 

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Ah, you are right. My Cox system doesn't carry that model. Regardless, you are not going to get anywhere demanding a specific converter from Cox.


1) They're not going to do it. Maybe if they got some kind of huge influx of calls from customers demanding that specific model. Mayyyyybe. But I doubt it.


2) There is absolutely no financial gain to Cox by doing this.
 

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Just got back in the USA after 8 yrs and bought a SOny HDtv. I am in Georgia and have Cox cable. I ordered the HDMI cable with the TV and I am now wondering if I will be able to use it when I get the TV. Do the converters Cox leases have HDMI connections now?


If they don't is it better to just purchase a converter from another source?

If I do would it work with Cox?


New to HD so feel free to talk to me like a 1st grader......
 

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Originally Posted by jrcarter /forum/post/14576183


Just got back in the USA after 8 yrs and bought a SOny HDtv. I am in Georgia and have Cox cable. I ordered the HDMI cable with the TV and I am now wondering if I will be able to use it when I get the TV. Do the converters Cox leases have HDMI connections now?


If they don't is it better to just purchase a converter from another source?

If I do would it work with Cox?


New to HD so feel free to talk to me like a 1st grader......

If you just got the HDTV it most likely has a QAM tuner. A QAM tuner will tune in HD channels that are in the clear, usually the local network channels only. You will need a Cox cable box to receive most of the HD channels. If the HDMI cable does not work with the cable box you will need a component video cable. If you can not use the HDMI cable keep it because if you get a new upconverting DVD player you can use the HDMI cable to connect that to the HDTV.
 

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Component video. Red/blue/green RCA plugs.
 

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A QAM tuner should scan and find whatever channels, HD or standard digital, are in the clear. They're supposed to at least provide the locals with a basic subscription, and probably a couple others. I'd be very surprised if they encrypted everything and required a cable box. They most likely won't advertise that they send stuff in the clear, but there should be some.


They'll be different channel numbers than what's on the cable box, and will probably have a decimal, something like 52.2. The way to find out is to hook up the TV directly to the cable and run the scan.
 

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it has a QAM tuner but all the "free" basic HD channels from Cox cable require you to have a box to get to them as they are in the 700-731 channel range

According to Cox, that's not the case. Here (Baton Rouge) they told me we can get 7 local HD channels without the cable box. But I'm just now checking out a HDTV I got my mother and it can't pick up a freakin' one of them! It says the signal is too low for all 7! So Cox FAIK could be "extorting" it's customers and forcing them to pay more for a freakin' cable box just to view the local channels in HD, by purposely limiting the signal of those local HD channels.
 

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Anyone got a digital cable box from COX with an HDMI port thats not the DVR Box? I've called twice and they tell me if I want a box with a HDMi I need to upgrade to the DVR box.

Apparently it depends on where you're located because of what boxes are available. I don't know which boxes they give us because......there's actually no model# anywhere on the box! They are Motorola and the look exactly like the DCT6400 series http://broadband.motorola.com/dvr/dct6412.asp but it does NOT have a DVR in it, and it does have HDMI connectors. From what I gather, it's just missing the hard drive. So the answer to your question is both yes, and no. It supports DVR, but the DVR is optional. If I wanted the DVR I would guess I'd take this box back to them and they'd give me one just like it but with the DVR enabled.
 

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According to Cox, that's not the case. Here (Baton Rouge) they told me we can get 7 local HD channels without the cable box. But I'm just now checking out a HDTV I got my mother and it can't pick up a freakin' one of them! It says the signal is too low for all 7! So Cox FAIK could be "extorting" it's customers and forcing them to pay more for a freakin' cable box just to view the local channels in HD, by purposely limiting the signal of those local HD channels.

The Digital channel numbers used by Cable Companies are Virtual and do not specify the frequency. Actual QAM channels are usually located in the 80 - 135 physical channel range. This is in the UHF band so any local UHF channels could interfere if there is any ingress (leakage) from their broadcasts.


Since they are much higher frequency than traditional cable channels, the splitters and other devices that worked for standard cable may dramatically reduce the signal strength on the QAM stations. You need splitters, amps, and cables rated to 1000Mhz or greater all throughout the distribution system. The higher the frequency, the more the signal strength is reduced by those devices, or even cable length.


Another hidden culprit could be an old VCR that the cable connects through. Their internal splitters won't pass QAM frequencies hardly at all.
 

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The Digital channel numbers used by Cable Companies are Virtual and do not specify the frequency. Actual QAM channels are usually located in the 80 - 135 physical channel range. This is in the UHF band so any local UHF channels could interfere if there is any ingress (leakage) from their broadcasts.

Hello, not sure what you mean by virtual and don't specify the frequency, but this is the list they gave me:
NBC WVLA.......Ch. 3......093-1 (703)

ABC WBRZ ..........Ch. 5.....100-1 (705)

FOX WGMB...........Ch. 6.....099-2 (706)

CBS WAFB........... Ch. 7.....100-4 (707)

WBRL..................Ch. 10....098-2 (710)

WLPB..................Ch. 12.....093-2 (712)

KPBN..................Ch. 13......073-1 (713)


The (700's) are the channel # using the cable box. Taking the first one as an example, that ch. # is 93.1, but on the remote you have to press 093-1 to get to it (I did it like that so my mother wouldn't get confused, the column in the middle like "Ch. 3" is the old # on basic SD cable). The channels "load", but the screen is blank, the signal meter is 0 and it says "low signal".

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Since they are much higher frequency than traditional cable channels, the splitters and other devices that worked for standard cable may dramatically reduce the signal strength on the QAM stations. You need splitters, amps, and cables rated to 1000Mhz or greater all throughout the distribution system. The higher the frequency, the more the signal strength is reduced by those devices, or even cable length.

The only splitter used is 1ghz, that's the one in the attic. I'm unaware of any co-ax cable rating in Mhz or Ghz.

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Another hidden culprit could be an old VCR that the cable connects through. Their internal splitters won't pass QAM frequencies hardly at all.

No VCR was hooked up, nothing at all. Just the cable from the wall to the TV.
 
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