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I just went to upgrade my digital cable service to HD at my local Time Warner Cable center. I asked for the cablecard instead of the standard cable box and she told me I wouldn't be able to get on-demand viewing or the tv listings screen which is fine b/c I only order an occasional fight or UFC via PPV and rarely movies; but I do like having the tv listings screen. My new plasma has TV Guide On Screen capabilities which would take care of the tv listings view that I like. Anyway, I was told that I wouldn't even be able to call-in PPV movies or sporting events b/c the cablecard doesn't have that capability, which I thought I would be able to. I knew I wouldn't be able to order PPV items on-demand with the cablecard, but I definitely thought I could call customer service and do it that way, which is not a problem given that I rarely order PPV things.

Is this true or was the woman at Time Warner misinformed?

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It's true.

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Not all cableco's can work with such setups. They have opted to integrate with their own proprietary DVRs.


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In reply to: It's true.

Well I found out that I can't do on-demand of tv programs and neither can I call it in with the cable card, so therefore I had to go with the HD box. But then I saw that the new HD box didn't have the HDMI out port. Time Warner Cable told me that that is only available with the DVR box. GREAT! So now I will have to go with the DVI to HDMI cable. I don't understand why they don't have it to where I can go with HDMI to HDMI with the HD box.

Will there be any picture quality loss by using the DVI to HDMI cable?


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