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how do I watch cable tv without a cable box

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Re: new to cable

You will need a cable-box.


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Re: new to cable

I think the days of being able to plug a coaxial cable directly into the back of a TV without a box ended when all TV signals had to become digital about 10 years ago.

Besides - what's wrong with using a cable box? Without it, you don't get, among other things, the channel guide.


 

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Re: new to cable

You don’t necessarily need a cable box. You can use the Xfinity stream app or website without a physical cable box.
https://www.xfinity.com/learn/instant-tv?pc=1

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Re: new to cable


@ThatDonGuy wrote:

I think the days of being able to plug a coaxial cable directly into the back of a TV without a box ended when all TV signals had to become digital about 10 years ago.

Besides - what's wrong with using a cable box? Without it, you don't get, among other things, the channel guide.


 


My cable provider allows for a coaxial cable to provide about 75 channels, but none in HD.

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Re: new to cable


@ThatDonGuy wrote: I think the days of being able to plug a coaxial cable directly into the back of a TV without a box ended when all TV signals had to become digital about 10 years ago. ...

The "digital mandate" applied to broadcast stations, not cable networks. See https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/dtv-transition-did-not-require-cable-systems-switch-digital.

 

Many cable systems added digital channels well before the broadcast transition, and continued to carry analog channels a few years after. Cable systems switched not because of any federal mandate, but because, among other things, digital can carry more channels using less bandwidth than analog, it can be secured, and it can deliver HD.