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    Can I use my ATSC converter box with cable?


    This is a discussion on Can I use my ATSC converter box with cable? within the Converter Boxes and ATSC Tuners forums, part of the Over-the-Air (Antenna TV) category.

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      My cable company says that if I have a digital tv I can get the basic OTA channels without the converter box. Well what if you don't have any digital tvs? Can I use a converter box for OTA broadcasts (the one they had the coupons for)? Those have the same digital tuner...right?

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      No, digital cable tuners are QAM tuners while the CECB boxes have ATSC tuners. Cable tuners use different modulation and different fequencies. So, you either have to use a DTA box from the cable company, find a stand alone QAM tuner (I don't know of one), or get a digital TV.

      When I Googled "QAM tuner box" this is what I came up with: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Ltd-_-15260027
      Last edited by dkreichen1968; 04-08-2011 at 06:56 AM.

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