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mewilsie

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Jan 12, 2007
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When an HDTV has a QAM tuner built in, does that mean it can receive HD signals just from plugging in a standard CATV feed? Just wondering if you can get locals this way, or even ESPN, TNT, etc HD, or do you absolutely have to have an HDTV box for that?
 
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Digital Dude

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Built in QAM tuners will allow you to see cable channels that are not encrypted. Usually this means your local channels only, although YMMV.
 

VinceT3

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Jun 12, 2006
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you can pick up any unencrypted digital channels.. usually means locals and music.. but I've seen pay channels before like discovery.. espn.. etc.. but that varies on location since they setup differently per provider and even providers location..
 

Geronimo

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My cble system encrypts the local channels and does not encrypt Discovery Science. They also encrypt some of the barker channels and not others which makes no sense to me.
 
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