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Old 05-03-2007, 11:45 AM
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We're contemplating upgrading from standard cable to digital with Time Warner. It seems like a pretty good deal, at least until I start contemplating having to have a digital box and remote for all the TVs in our house.

For people who have digital cable:

Do you have to have every TV in the house hooked up to a box to get service?

Does a tv not hooked up to a box still get cable, just not digital cable?

And is there some sort of discount for multiple boxes?

Time Warner has a truly heinous website. It doesn't answer any of these questions.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 05-03-2007, 12:37 PM
 
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only the TVs you want the digital channels on need the box. If you have TVs that don't need digital channels - don't need a box. eg. HBO-W (west coast times) is a digital only channel - if you want to watch it you have to park your rear in front of the TV with a box. If you want to watch a show that is on KSAT - any TV will do.

I hope that makes sense.
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Old 05-03-2007, 12:43 PM
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I think I get it. Tell me if this scenario is right or not - my tv in the den is plugged into a digital box, and I can watch HBO-W. My tv in the kitchen is NOT hooked up to a digital box, but I can watch CNN on it because CNN is standard cable. Is that correct? Or would my kitchen tv not get any cable at all?

This is much more complex than I thought it would be!
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Old 05-03-2007, 12:51 PM
 
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your kitchen TV would get all the channels you currently get - considering you have standard cable now.

Anything you don't currently get (like HBO-W) is digital and can only be seen in the den where the box is (or will be).

You got it right.
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Old 05-03-2007, 01:14 PM
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Awesome, that helps out a lot. Time Warner had me under the impression that EVERY tv needed a digital cable box to get any service whatsoever, and that was going to be very pricey for a 5 tv household. I really only need digital on the two sets we watch the most.

Thanks again for your help! It will save me some money.
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Old 05-03-2007, 02:23 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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Have you checked in to U-verse by At&T? Not all areas have it yet, but it's awesome I am really impressed by the channel line up, the picture and sound quality and when they set it up they have 2 technicians then a representative come out and show you how everything works.
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Old 05-03-2007, 02:37 PM
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U-Verse terrifies us, because our neighbor Mr. Bigshot AT&T Exec has it (he might have been the first person in the area to get it, in fact), and it hasn't worked well since they installed it. I'd say the trucks are there at least twice a week trying to fix the glitches.

In two or three years, when the bugs are worked out of the system, I'd be interested in U-Verse.

I'll tell you who I was really interested in - Grande. They had a good channel lineup, and were substantially cheaper than Time Warner, but they don't have service in the Alamo Heights/Olmos Park area yet. I see their trucks all the time, but the network isn't functioning yet apparently.
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Old 05-03-2007, 05:20 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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I got it the first week it was available in Dallas, and have had it about 6 weeks, and I love it. I haven't had any problems with it. I don't know what could go wrong with. As long as you don't have any problems with DSL you probably won't have any with U-verse.
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Old 05-03-2007, 06:07 PM
 
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Wink Hope this answers your questions

I'm an ex-TWC employee.. I can help you if you need more answers. Here's the answers to your questions:

Do you have to have every TV in the house hooked up to a box to get service? Like Dendox said, No. All TV's without a Digital Box will have your standard 2-78, 98, 99. All TV's with a Box will Display your digital Channels; from 100 up (Movie Channels, Music Channels, or Additional Channel Packages like Sports Pkg, Mas Canales, Variety Service, etc. Plus The digital box will be the only tv you will be able to purchase Movies, Pay Per View Events, and On-Demand Programming

Does a tv not hooked up to a box still get cable, just not digital cable? The Tv not hooked up will have only your basic/Standard channels 2-78, 98, 99.

And is there some sort of discount for multiple boxes? No, All Boxes are 7.95 Each unless you are on a promotional campaign or Digital Package like D1000, or D2000. Also DVR service to be able to FF, REW, Pause is 9.95 on top of the 7.95 per box.

Hope that helps!!!
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Old 05-03-2007, 07:20 PM
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Thanks mjr7025! That is helpful.

We were in fact interested in that D2000 package - do they cut you a deal on the extra boxes if you get one of those packages? Or should I just ask when I order what sort of promos they are running?
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