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Hello,
I have an anolog cable (RCN) and it's giving me channels 2-60. I don't have any digital box just a cable coming from outside to my HD TV. If I get the analog to digital converter box, will I get a few more channels if i scan and also would the picture quality improve?
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harshness

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You shouldn't be asking questions about CATV in the OTA forum.

A digital set-top box will give you more channels, but it is unlikely that the picture quality will be any better. I have yet to see a digital channel that is better than its analog counterpart.
 
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If the box you ar ereferring to is the digital analog box that you can purchase witha govt coupon it will not tune cable at all. It only tunes OTA>
 
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Unless you buy an HD-ATSC tuner you will get 480i signal (standard definition) out of the digital/analog converters, and the HD-ATSC tuners do not qualify for the $40 coupon so it should be $100-$150, maybe cheaper.

With the HD-ATSC tuner you will get a better picture than you are getting through your cable system.

Does your HDTV have a QAM tuner that receives unscrambled digital cable (from your channel list I assume not)?

If you don't have a QAM tuner, your picture will be tremendously better OTA for those programs that are actually broadcast in HD (about 50% on NBC, slightly lower for other national nets).

This also assumes your local stations are broadcasting digital HD.
 

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