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Any way to avoid using extra cable boxes

TATYS00 346 April 2, 2013 at 10:04 AM
Hello everyone,

I would like to know how to get rid of the extra cable boxes and still be able to view the channels I pay for in every room . I have Optimum cable service and I pay for 7 extra boxes. The bill is supposed to be around 100 but is its more like 160 - 170 for all the extra charges.

Is there a way around it?

Thanks in advance for your help Big Grin

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if you have a tivo, all you need is a cable card. I have an elite & it supports 4 tuners at once & multi room viewing. I think the card is $1.80/month compared to about $5 for a box.
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Call your provider and ask for a discount. Often times they can put you on "new customer" promotion for a year. It's not a permanent fix but it should buy you a discount for a year or so and when it runs out you call back. It works pretty well.
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As long as you aren't planning to use all 7 at once, you can get something like a Slingbox and they get a connection device for each room.

You'd need 1 cable box hooked up to the Slingbox, and you could then have that Slingbox's output follow you from room to room. It would take a while to pay off...but would also give you remote access via Smartphones.

Would need one of these for each room:

WD TV Media Players
Sony Internet Player with Google TV
Netgear NeoTV
Boxee Box
Logitech Revue
Laptop/Computer/HTPC
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You can use a sling adaptor.

Or do what I do with my dish, I have 3 tv's, 1 box. The one box handles the main tv plus another feed to tv2. 2 different programs can be viewed at the same time. I split the TV2 cable to feed both tv2 and tv3. They can both watch tv now but they must be the same channels. Since the remotes are RF to the main box, walls are not an issue.
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Or do what I do with my dish, I have 3 tv's, 1 box. The one box handles the main tv plus another feed to tv2. 2 different programs can be viewed at the same time. I split the TV2 cable to feed both tv2 and tv3. They can both watch tv now but they must be the same channels. Since the remotes are RF to the main box, walls are not an issue.
Saw this while looking up Slingbox stuff earlier.



This sleek little device packs a big punch! DISH Customers can connect a Sling Adapter to their Hopper™ Whole Home DVR, ViP 722 or ViP 722k DuoDVR® receiver to start watching TV everywhere immediately. For just $49, watch live and recorded programs on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone in amazing high definition quality.

http://www.slingbox.com/go/slingb...VsrI6J9te4
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Saw this while looking up Slingbox stuff earlier.



This sleek little device packs a big punch! DISH Customers can connect a Sling Adapter to their Hopper™ Whole Home DVR, ViP 722 or ViP 722k DuoDVR® receiver to start watching TV everywhere immediately. For just $49, watch live and recorded programs on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone in amazing high definition quality.

http://www.slingbox.com/go/slingb...VsrI6J9te4
Yeah, for a while they were actually selling it for $99 with a 99 MIR. Their Dish mobile app has native support for the sling to watch tv.
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Thanks for all your replies. Repped to all.
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Have you plugged the cable directly in to the TV and do a scan and see what you got? If its not encrypted a qam tuner should pick it up.
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Have you plugged the cable directly in to the TV and do a scan and see what you got? If its not encrypted a qam tuner should pick it up.
Probably will only get the basic channels this way, at least that is how I've seen comcast behave lately.
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Have you plugged the cable directly in to the TV and do a scan and see what you got? If its not encrypted a qam tuner should pick it up.

That worked until a couple of years ago. It was nice to have a DVR connected to the cable line so I could program it and record stuff directly without the cable box. I already rescanned and got nothing and instead I use an antenna on that DVR now (at a friends house, I have always had my home DVR connected only to an antenna).
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Quote from TATYS00 View Post :
Thanks for all your replies. Repped to all.
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Probably will only get the basic channels this way, at least that is how I've seen comcast behave lately.
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That worked until a couple of years ago. It was nice to have a DVR connected to the cable line so I could program it and record stuff directly without the cable box. I already rescanned and got nothing and instead I use an antenna on that DVR now (at a friends house, I have always had my home DVR connected only to an antenna).

I know comcast at my parents moved all but the locals over to encrypted about a year ago. But its worth a try for the OP all it cost him is 15 mins of his time...

For the OP another option is something like the HD Homerun prime you would need a cable card (1 box fee or less), it can stream video out to your network via DLNA . Then all you need is a network device like a blu ray player, google tv, raspberry pi, android stick attached to the pc. Not sure how good it is, just ordered one and getting my cable setup this weekend but for $2 a month its cheaper then a HD cable box.
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Quote from TATYS00 View Post :
Hello everyone,

I would like to know how to get rid of the extra cable boxes and still be able to view the channels I pay for in every room . I have Optimum cable service and I pay for 7 extra boxes. The bill is supposed to be around 100 but is its more like 160 - 170 for all the extra charges.

Is there a way around it?

Thanks in advance for your help Big Grin
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I know comcast at my parents moved all but the locals over to encrypted about a year ago. But its worth a try for the OP all it cost him is 15 mins of his time...

For the OP another option is something like the HD Homerun prime you would need a cable card (1 box fee or less), it can stream video out to your network via DLNA . Then all you need is a network device like a blu ray player, google tv, raspberry pi, android stick attached to the pc. Not sure how good it is, just ordered one and getting my cable setup this weekend but for $2 a month its cheaper then a HD cable box.
Iagree

Zoidberg's right. HDHRP will work excellently, especially if you have a computer lying around you can use as a DVR. You can purchase Xbox 360s to view the content as well.
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Have you plugged the cable directly in to the TV and do a scan and see what you got? If its not encrypted a qam tuner should pick it up.
I did try and got nothing but I didn't wait until the end of the scan, I will try again tonight as I read it needs to finish.
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Quote from mrbobhcrhs View Post :
I know comcast at my parents moved all but the locals over to encrypted about a year ago. But its worth a try for the OP all it cost him is 15 mins of his time...

For the OP another option is something like the HD Homerun prime you would need a cable card (1 box fee or less), it can stream video out to your network via DLNA . Then all you need is a network device like a blu ray player, google tv, raspberry pi, android stick attached to the pc. Not sure how good it is, just ordered one and getting my cable setup this weekend but for $2 a month its cheaper then a HD cable box.
I do have a blu ray player, I am going to try this route. thanks Smilie
Do an appletv or wii works too? how many tv's can pick up the video?
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