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Hooking actual live coaxial from Cable Co. to Insignia Converter Box ...

Interesting question here.
...
Elderly relatives of mine moved to a house where the Cable was never turned off from the previous homeowner.
They cannot get TV Guide Channel now for example though, as it apparently went digital.

  1. Would hooking Cable up to an Insignia Converter box work at all?



    Also, I’ve read that "digital" processes allows Cable Companies to have two-way data transfer now, allowing customer info to come back via their Cable box connection.

  2. Would hooking up an Insignia Converter box to a live Cable connection make it visible to the Cable Company? Or would this two-way data transfer be limited to only the Cable Companies own converter box setup?



Thanks,

Tom

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  • Tomitsme Nov 09, 2008

    https://www.fixya.com/secure/users/maser...">masers1004,



    Thank you for your response.



    This Cable has been left on for 6 years now. It was just recently that a few channels have gone off.



    I would be tempted to try hooking the Insignia unit up to the Cable line for my relatives just to see, but then again I wouldn't want to risk having their connection now becoming "visible" to the Cable Company via the added digital means.

    That's the only thing that prevents me from attempting that for them. I wish I knew the answer to that.



    Thanks,



    Tom

  • Tomitsme Nov 10, 2008

    Master,



    Thank you so much.



    I mistakenly gave you the wrong rating, sorry.

    It should have been "FixedIt".



    This was an odd question I proffered to start with I'm sure, but that is where these forums come in handy.



    Again thanks!



    Tom

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Based on the specs that I have read I am going to say you cannot hook up cable to the converter. Best thing to do would be to call cable company that provides service there and see if it was turned off on the billing side they probably just didn't come out and disconnect from the pole. That might give you service but missing some features such as tv guide channel. Now some tv's have tv guide built into them and maybe in the move that feature on the tv was turned off it they were using it that way before. Here is what the specs say about that converter:

Use this digital-to-analog converter to convert digital TV broadcast signals to analog signals on analog TVs with antenna-based reception.

Posted on Nov 08, 2008

  • Brandon M. Nov 09, 2008

    That converter box want work with cable tv service. The cable signal coming in is down converter at the cable office to analog. Also if you hook up that box there isn't anyway the cable company would know because the cable service is only a one way communication signal. The only way they can see what is going on at a home is if they have one of their cable boxes in the home with the appropriate software. Also to get digital cable channels through coax you have to have a hd tv with a qam tuner built into the tv which is common on the new hd tv's in which converter boxes don't have that ability.

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