Set top box

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  1. Andy Polo

    Andy Polo Stunt Coordinator

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    I am looking into buying a set-top box for my tv. I understand that my local cable company will be offereing HDTV by the end of June... I can also assure you that the deadline they have given me will never be reached. At first it was the end of January, then end of April... but nevertheless, I want HDTV in my house. Where I live, OTA signals should work , but i was looking into gett HDTV cable whenever it arrives. So my question is, can i buy a Set-top box that works with both OTA signals and a cable provider signal? If so what are the specs of that product?
     
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    Probably not. OTA is transmitted via the 8VSB modulation scheme. Most cable companies use the 256QAM scheme. Some Mitusbishi TVs with built in OTA tuners will decode QAM but it has to be un-encrypted. Most cable companies will encrypt their digital signal so you have to rent a box from them.

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  3. Andy Polo

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    What a bunch of jerks.
     

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