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What is digital cable TV?


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2004-12-10 18:46:33
2004-12-10 18:46:33

When something is digital that means means it is composed of ones and zeros, i.e., the language of computers. This is as opposed to "analog" or wave-based signals. Digital cable is something new cable companies are implementing and offering to their customers. It can mean much better sound and picture quality than the old, analog cable television. However, it can also sometimes mean outages when the networks get overloaded.


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Yes and depending on your television (if it is digital or not) after 2009 as well

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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.

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Older TV can receive digital cable although they may not display in HD

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The difference between digital cable TV and regular cable TV is the quality of the video stream that is being presented on the TV screen. A digital cable will provide a better quality picture, usually with a larger framerate and bitrate and as such these will look better on a larger TV.

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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.

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