[mythtv-users] Way OT: ota signal via cable?
beww at beww.org
Wed Jun 7 16:13:55 UTC 2006
On Jun 7, 2006, at 10:06 AM, Steven Adeff wrote:
> On 6/6/06, Jay Hutfles <jayhutfles at gmail.com> wrote:
>> This is a really, REALLY newbie question, but is it common for cable
>> companies to send the local OTA signals for non-subscribers? We
>> have Cox
>> Cable in our area, but I'm not a subscriber. Do I need to install an
>> antenna, or can I get my free channels just by plugging into the line
>> leading to my future house?
>> Thanks for your patience with my way OT question and for any
> Most cable companies put a device to block any signals going to
> unsubscribed houses, so odds are you won't get anything.
> Some will just block cable channels and leave the OTA channels
> available over their lines. It may be worth calling Cox and asking
> what their policy is. Some companies even have an OTA tier for
> something like $5 a month where they will let you get just the OTA
> channels off their line.
Usually that "really basic" tier includes other stimulating
entertainment like C-SPAN, Local Origination and the Home Shopping
Channel (They get paid per subscriber for each home they can deliver
as a "viewer" of HSN, and the L.O. stuff usually has to be delivered
per Franchise Agreement).
If you're really lucky you'll also get other edge-of-seat material
like local City Council meetings and High School football.
In truth it's usually not a bad deal for $4 or $5 a month.
Cable has certainly come a long way from the days when it existed
only in those areas where you could not get off-air reception with an
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