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by margueri13 / January 10, 2010 9:52 AM PST

I have a Scientific American Explorer 4200 cable box. I just purchased a Samsung led lcd 55" un8500 series tv. Do I need to get a new cable box from cablevision or can I get hdtv with this box?

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cable box
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / January 14, 2010 2:28 PM PST
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margueri13,

The Scientific Explorer 4200HD, I believe is a HD cable box. To know for sure, it would be best to contact your cable/sat provider to find out which box you have, and which resolutions it will support. (480i/p, 720p, 1080i/p)

Typically, companies won't issue an HD box unless you've ordered HD service. But that's just a guess on my part if you have an HD box or not.

--HDTech

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Cable Box
by _jr_ / January 14, 2010 11:45 PM PST
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>>>Scientific American Explorer 4200>>>

Did you mean Scientific Atlanta Explorer 4200?

If it is the 4200 and not the 4200HD, then you cannot get HD signal out of this box. I don't know about Cablevision, but Time Warner in my area includes HD programming for free, but you have to request an HD box (like SA Explorer 4250HD) from them.
To answer your question: yes, you will need a new box.

Also, keep in mind that the 4200HD does *not* have an HDMI port, rather DVI and Component. So make sure the new box they give you has an HDMI port. Ask specifically for a box with HDMI...

_jr_

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3 prong vs 2prong
by margueri13 / January 15, 2010 4:02 AM PST
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Well I got Cablevision to give me the scientific americam Explorer 4250 HD with the HDMI port on the back ...now my problem is in the intructions they direct me to plug the power cord from my Samsung UNB8500 tv which has a 3 prong plug....into the cable box ....which only accepts 2 prong plugs. Can anyone tell me how I resolve this ?

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confused by all these cables!
by margueri13 / January 15, 2010 4:07 AM PST
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I meant to say I have a Scientific Atlanta Explorer 4250 HD.

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Power plug
by _jr_ / January 15, 2010 4:55 AM PST
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You don't have to plug the TV into the Cable Box.

This is only useful if:
1. You don't have enough power outlets
2. You want the TV to turn on/off automatically when you power on/off the cable Box.
3. You set the timer on the Cable box. At preset time, the cables box will turns itself and the TV on, and you get sound right away.

So either plug the TV in a normal outlet and program the cable box remote to operate the TV, or get a 3-to-2 prong adapter. Since the cable box is already grounded, you don't have to worry about the ground pin on the TV power cord.

_jr_

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