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Time Warner Cable going all-digital

lavapit 470 279 March 8, 2016 at 04:04 AM
Received a letter stating that TWC was converting all analog channel to digital and that any TV that has the cable plugged directly into the TV would need a digital adapter that is available through TWC. I spoke with TWC rep and she stated that the adapters would be about $3.50 per month after the 1 year of free use.
My question is that I have 3 TVs that will need the adapter so that would be an extra $10.50 per month. Why can't I just get one of the adapters and splice it into the main line that comes into my garage? Would there be much signal loss with the digital signal going through the coaxial cable?
Thanks for any inputs/suggestions

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Its possible, all three TV's will show the same channel and you would need to work out a way to remotely control the converter box for changing channels.
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New way to ripoff customers. Not sure how a adapter costs $3.5 a month?
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Quote from lavapit View Post :
Received a letter stating that TWC was converting all analog channel to digital and that any TV that has the cable plugged directly into the TV would need a digital adapter that is available through TWC. I spoke with TWC rep and she stated that the adapters would be about $3.50 per month after the 1 year of free use.
My question is that I have 3 TVs that will need the adapter so that would be an extra $10.50 per month. Why can't I just get one of the adapters and splice it into the main line that comes into my garage? Would there be much signal loss with the digital signal going through the coaxial cable?
Thanks for any inputs/suggestions
Your most likely going to have more signal loss going through the splitters than the length of the run. Depending on the splitter you always have signal loss. Depends on how many you have.

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Its possible, all three TV's will show the same channel and you would need to work out a way to remotely control the converter box for changing channels.
Not for certain but I would agree this is probably what would happen. The converter box becomes a tuner. I would be interested to see if a TV with a digital tuner in it already would need a converter box. Guessing it would to get around their encryption.

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New way to ripoff customers. Not sure how a adapter costs $3.5 a month?
Yes and no. Yes it's an additional fee but the benefit of going all digital is TW gains so much more bandwidth in their buried lines. In an area they are covering over the users gets a benefit of MAXX internet service. Doubling plan speeds for no additional money. In my area the standard package is like a 15x1 last time I checked. That's going to a 50x5 and then for $5 more you can get like 100x10.
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For awhile the government was giving the converters away for free. I guess they want us to sit in front of the tv and ignore what they do to us.Mad

Anyway you can buy your own in many places like for instance Amazon [amazon.com]
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Not the same device. The boxes the gov't gave away were ONLY for receiving digital over-the-air broadcasts. Digital cable uses a different protocol. Frown
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TWC will implement Switched Digital Video, which removes the much-less-watched channels from the data stream when nobody on the local hub is requesting those channels. They're essentially playing hide-and-seek with the channels on different frequencies. TiVo users have suffered with these "tuning adapters" for years, now.
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Thanks for your inputs. I found out that the adapter is also used to change channels so it was correctly mentioned that every TV would be on the same channel. I have also found out that by using the TWC app I can stream live TV. I am in the process of loading the app on my fire tv stick to see if that works. If this works then I will just put the app on every fire stick for each tv.
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buy roku 1/se if analog tv, otherwise buy roku stick, add twc channel.
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if your TV's have the correct tuners, it may not need this adapter.
When LCD's first came out, there were 3 tuners: NTSC, ATSC, and I forgot the last one.
After a while, they took 1 of the tuners out b/c no one was using it.
Your TV may work w/o the converter, but might not get all of the channels.
Test it out.
Other option, as the other guy said, get Roku TV and sign onto the TWC app
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if your TV's have the correct tuners, it may not need this adapter.
When LCD's first came out, there were 3 tuners: NTSC, ATSC, and I forgot the last one.
After a while, they took 1 of the tuners out b/c no one was using it.
Your TV may work w/o the converter, but might not get all of the channels.
Test it out.
Other option, as the other guy said, get Roku TV and sign onto the TWC app
The other option is a Cable Card tuner, possibly something like an HDHomeRun Prime. I believe they have to give you the first cable card for free.

ClearQAM may be what you're thinking of. That would only pick up non-encrypted content of which there is likely very little. I know with Comcast you used to be able to buy DTA's outright for around $50. Another option would be to buy a TiVo and TiVo mini with a cable card tuner, note tivo no longer has analog video output.
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buy roku 1/se if analog tv, otherwise buy roku stick, add twc channel.
Bought the Roku Streaming stick for $39 installed it and the TWC App and it works great. So after 1 year of not paying the $3.50 a month I am even. Thanks
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Bought the Roku Streaming stick for $39 installed it and the TWC App and it works great. So after 1 year of not paying the $3.50 a month I am even. Thanks
You may have to watch out for an internet bandwidth cap if twc is anything like comcast, as you'll be using more with this setup. I'd suggest keeping track of your bandwidth on your router.

You can also setup your own htpc to work as a dvr with a cable card tuner as a tivo alternative (total cost ~$350-500, but no subscription fees like tivo). From what i've read, TWC's roku channel works pretty well.
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Thanks for the suggestion, I'll monitor the bandwidth.

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You may have to watch out for an internet bandwidth cap if twc is anything like comcast, as you'll be using more with this setup. I'd suggest keeping track of your bandwidth on your router.

You can also setup your own htpc to work as a dvr with a cable card tuner as a tivo alternative (total cost ~$350-500, but no subscription fees like tivo). From what i've read, TWC's roku channel works pretty well.
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