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#1 of 5 RobertCharlotte


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Posted June 15 2007 - 12:08 AM

Here's a couple of questions I feel kind of stupid about asking:

1. Do I have to use my cable company's cable box, or are there standards in place that allow me to buy my own and have it work?

2. How can I determine what HD signal the box is outputting?

#2 of 5 Brian^K


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Posted June 15 2007 - 04:54 AM

Most of the major MSOs support CableCard, a technology that would allow you to purchase your own device and then rent CableCards for a few dollars a month each from the cable company to get your digital cable service. The only HD DVR on the market today that meets this spec is the TiVo Series 3. However, there may be more offerings available by the end of the year.

I'm not sure what you're asking in your #2.

#3 of 5 RobertCharlotte


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Posted June 15 2007 - 06:51 AM

Sorry: how can I tell if my cable box is outputting 720p or 1080i or (heaven forbid) something else?

#4 of 5 Rich Allen

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Posted June 15 2007 - 06:54 AM

Sometimes you can go into your TV's menu and you can find an information screen that will display what the TV is receiving. Also, on the front display of my cable box, a Scientific Atlanta 8300, it will display what it is putting out.

#5 of 5 Jean D

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Posted June 15 2007 - 07:09 AM

if its a Motorola, turn the box off and press the menu button. the user settings menu should appear. you can adjust them there if you need to.
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