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Can you get HDTV without a cable box? If you have a tuner?

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If you pay for HDTV from your cable company and you get HDTV channels, do you actually need the cable box? Could you get a TV tuner instead + software to simulate having one?
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post #2 of 7
Yes,But with a digital tuner box you only get local channels.
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to get all channels you need to have the companys box.
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post #4 of 7
Most HDTV now come with tuner inside. So if you run the cable direct to your tv, your tv will be smart enough to offer you to watch, standard tv or HD.
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Originally Posted by CtrlAltElite View Post
Most HDTV now come with tuner inside. So if you run the cable direct to your tv, your tv will be smart enough to offer you to watch, standard tv or HD.
Hmm, okay. I was just wondering. I'd rather just buy a HTPC than rent a cable box. I couldn't careless about the premium channels, just HDTV ones.
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post #6 of 7
To see what you get..if you have a HDTV just plug the cable into it, run a scan and your pc tuner will get the same channels.
If you want all the ones you are missing you will need to get something like the ceton tuner.
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post #7 of 7
Depending on where you live and your cable provider, you will get anywhere from 50 or so channels (the "standard" cable channels like CNN, History, Discovery, TLC etc) to nothing at all except maybe local channels. Comcast in Houston is in the process of moving everyting to encrypted digital, so even with a NTSC and clear QAM tuner, you get nothing.

If you get the above mentioned Ceton card ($400 + monthly cable card charges from your cable company (some are free, others charge up to $20/month)) you can watch everything that you can on a STB except for their "on demand" stuff.

I personally ditched cable 2 years ago and just have OTA and use Netflix and Hulu for most of the other stuff.
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