If his TV is cable ready and your cable company offers basic cable with out a cable box then just use a cable rated splitter and run the cable to his TV without a box he will only get basic and probably advanced basic. You need a cable box or a TV with a built in decoder to get digital signals.
A DVR must be hooked to a cable television service to work. If your basic cable is digital, it will work. If it's analog, it won't. Itworks by recording only the digital signal from your cable.
No. No when it comes to subscription channels such as MTV, Food Netowrk etc. You have to have a cable box that is from a local cable provider and call the company to activate the service. If you have an HDTV with a digital tuner, you can plug in the basic cable from a wall into your television and scan for channels. You will only get unencrypted / basic network channels such as CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, etc.
Usually you can receive digital cable on a digital or analog (old) tv, but what matters is that you have a digital cable "box." The digital cable box will usually have its own remote that can be setup to control other things such as the TV or DVD player in addition to the digital cable channel and guide options. And be sure the cable Company is sending you a High Def. signal to that box. Most companies will charge more money for the HD stations.
Yes, the RadioShack Digital Optical Cable Connector is very easy to install. It's just as simple as unplugging and plugging in a standard TV cable.
Whether digital TV recorders are included with subscriptions to cable or satellite TV service depends on the provider. Most require a specific payment package (above basic) to receive digital TV recorders.
All digital TV's will natively support digital cable, but most CRT TV's will not.
No. Your SD digital cable box will output Standard definition to your analog tv. If you do not have a cable box but have digital cable direct into your tv then you need a digital tuner. This does not need to be HD for Standard definition. If you do have a HD digital cable box then Yes you need a HD tv to view the HD channels.
Older TV can receive digital cable although they may not display in HD
Yes but not after feb 2009 depending on your television
IO digital cable is not an AV cable, but it is the former name of digital cable television now called Optimum TV. It is a service offered by Cablevision in the New York vicinity.
Analog cable, or "regular" cable versus Digital cable, the difference can be seen when you put two televisions side by side with one using analog cable and one using digital cable. Through this, you will see that digital cable television picture quality is much better in comparison to the analog cable. To put it simply, digital cable provides a better picture.