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Can I Buy A Digital Adapter For Comcast

A TV Box (also known as a digital cable box, digital converter box or digital receiver) processes digital-quality signals. With a TV Box, you can view our on-screen channel guide, which includes access to TV listings, program information, search tools, parental controls and more. You'll also get access to Xfinity On Demand and Pay Per View programming.You can get a Comcast TV Box by purchasing an Xfinity TV package online or by contacting us.Find your TV Box and view the user manual and other support materials for it.

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Once I get a CableCARD Getting Started kit, how do I activate my CableCARD?Once you receive your CableCARD Getting Started kit, go to the Xfinity CableCARD activation and pairing tool at and refer to these easy-to-follow instructions on pairing/activating your CableCARD.

Can I access the same features and services with a CableCARD that I currently enjoy with my digital cable service? Retail devices that support CableCARDs (like TiVo) have their own features, which may include on-screen program guides and DVR service (if supported, DVR service may require a separate subscription) that are supported by the retail device manufacturer. All linear (non-IP) channels that are part of your Xfinity TV service will be available. Some retail devices also support additional services*. Please refer to your owner's manual or manufacturer's website for additional information on your device.

Why does my On-Screen Guide look different from the digital cable TV Box guide? CableCARD-compatible retail devices use a guide provided by the device manufacturer, which is different from the guide provided by Comcast. As a result, the guide content from the manufacturer may not always match Comcast's guide. For more information about your guide functionality and features, please consult the owner's manual for your CableCARD-compatible device.

DTA stands for Digital Transport Adapter. Comcast also refers to them simply as "digital adapters." It's an inexpensive and very basic digital cable device that allows you to watch all Limited Basic and Expanded Service channels that were migrated from analog to digital (Usually the first 99 channels). DTAs will not receive premium channels such as HBO, Showtime, etc. Consult your local Comcast center for an applicable channel lineup card for details.

This is not a new thing, for sure. There have been several events associated with the digital transmission of both broadcast and cable television channels in recent years that have affected consumers:

Comcast is continuing its digital upgrade in Washington and will begin delivering its Limited Basic service exclusively in digital format beginning in some areas this fall. This move to exclusive digital delivery allows all Comcast customers to receive digital quality picture and sound, as well as more information and entertainment choices.

To get the equipment, customers can log on to or call 1-877-634-4434. A representative will be happy to assist and mail the self-install adapters to customers.

Xfinity TV offers the best television viewing experience and unparalleled choice for our customers, which includes more than 300 channels, the most HD choices, content from hundreds of programmers, the most live sports and tools and features to manage TV viewing across multiple screens. By enhancing our network to an all-digital distribution, we are able to bring our customers more choices, faster Internet and new digital products and services.

A. Our schedule calls for parts of Snohomish and South King Counties, including Everett and Federal Way to be among the first areas to go all digital early this fall with Tacoma and the Burien areas following late this year. Seattle, Bellevue, Bremerton and Spokane customers are expected to make the transition next year. Our goal is to have all of our customers fully upgraded to all digital by Spring 2013. However, keep in mind that this schedule is subject to change, and that our first priority is to ensure a smooth transition for our customers.

A. The vast majority of our customers, more than 90 percent, already receive some level of digital service. For the Limited Basic customers in Washington who do not have a digital device or CableCARD, Comcast will provide three Digitall Transport Adapters or DTAs at no additional cost.

A. They have options: To get the equipment, customers can log on to or call 1-877-634-4434. A representative will be happy to assist and mail the self-install adapters to customers.

A. Technically, customers with a digital QAM tuner TV will be able to continue to get their Limited Basic cable channels without requiring a digital device at this time. However, Comcast strongly recommends that customers utilize a DTA or Cable Card device equipment on all TVs in order to receive programming without interruption.

A: No, a TV that utilizes a CableCARDdevice to enable delivery of Comcast digital services means that a set-top box or adapter is NOT required for these televisions. A CableCARD is the only equipment required.

A. A CableCARD is a device about the size of a credit card that can be used with a digital-cable-ready television instead of a set top box. If you prefer to use a CableCARD instead of using a Digital Cable set-top box, you will only be able to receive one way Digital Cable channels and will not be able to receive ON DEMAND, pay-per-view and the interactive programming guide.

A: All of our competitors require boxes and have for years. Verizon recently announced they are transitioning their FiOS deployments to all-digital, which will require all customers to have equipment on every TV in the home. Similarly, AT&T U-Verse service and both DBS providers (DirecTV and DISH) require customers to have equipment on every TV in the home, and in most cases there are monthly equipment charges for additional receivers.

A digital television adapter (DTA), commonly known as a converter box or decoder box, is a television tuner that receives a digital television (DTV) transmission, and converts the digital signal into an analog signal that can be received and displayed on an analog television set. Some also have an HDMI output since some TVs with HDMI do not have a digital tuner. The input digital signal may be over-the-air terrestrial television signals received by a television antenna, or signals from a digital cable system. It normally does not refer to satellite TV, which has always required a set-top box either to operate the big satellite dish, or to be the integrated receiver/decoder (IRD) in the case of direct-broadcast satellites (DBS).

On June 12, 2009, all full-power analog television transmissions ended in the United States. Viewers who watch broadcast television on older analog TV sets must use a digital converter box. Since many of the low-power TV stations continued to broadcast in analog for a while, consumers who watch low-power stations needed an adapter with an analog passthrough feature that allows the viewer to watch both digital and analog signals. Viewers who receive their television signals through cable or satellite were not affected by this change and did not need a digital television adapter (however, see the cable TV exception below). Additionally, viewers who have newer televisions with built-in digital ATSC tuners will not need an external digital television adapter.

At the Consumer Electronics Association's Entertainment Technology Policy Summit in January 2006, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein said many Americans did not know about the February 17, 2006, deadline for ending analog TV. Furthermore, he said, too many people were still buying analog TV sets, meaning more demand for converter boxes. And even if people found out what they would have to do, converter boxes might not do the job adequately. Tribune Broadcasting chief technology officer Ira Goldstone said just buying a converter box did not necessarily mean getting the latest technology. Bob Seidel of CBS said companies (especially in countries other than the US) might use cheaper tuners, and people would need new television antennas for proper reception. Circuit City Chairman Alan McCollough opposed converter boxes, saying people should just buy digital TVs, and television networks should offer only widescreen-format television programming as an incentive to do that.[1]

Cable TV systems are under no deadline to convert to digital TV. However, many Comcast (and some other cable TV) customers are finding all of their non-local and non-shopping networks eliminated on various dates, even though only a few are needed for additional digital cable channels. CECBs (Coupon-eligible converter boxes) will not work on these systems because cable ATSC uses 256QAM modulation instead of 8VSB, and so a separate but similar DTA with a QAM tuner is necessary. If the cable company takes away analog channels, at least two of these adapters must be provided for free by the cable company for at least three years so that customers can continue to watch the same channels with existing equipment.[citation needed] Cable companies were required to provide some analog service until December 2015.[3] After that, taking away analog channels allowed faster Internet and more HD channels. An adapter from the cable provider was needed even for digital TVs if the company scrambled its digital signals to prevent piracy.[4]

A digital transport adapter will allow viewing of basic channels, often as many as 99, but not premium channels. It will also not allow video on demand or pay-per-view. DTAs also allow analog sets to receive digital signals using RF output on channel 3 or 4, using coaxial cable. Other versions of the DTA (including with an HDMI output) are available.[5] 041b061a72


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