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Can an HD Antenna be connected to a Comcast Cable Box?

Old 02-01-05, 01:22 PM
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Can an HD Antenna be connected to a Comcast Cable Box?

so this may be a VERY stupid question, but I'm asking it anyway.

I have Comcast Cable HD service in Nashville, TN. They do not have FOX in HD, and with the Super Bowl being on FOX, that's a big problem. I can get an HD antenna for the free over-the-air fox available in Nashville...

However, I only have an hd-ready TV, not HD-built-in. so, my question is this:

Can I hook up an HD antenna to the Comcast cable box, and have that act as the tuner? Or will I have to get a HD receiver/tuner?
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Old 02-01-05, 01:25 PM
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No, the box from Comcast cannot decode over-the-air signals.
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thanks for the quick reply. i figured that was the case, but was hoping that there was a chance, so I could just buy a cheap antenna and not have to buy an expensive HD receiver.

so looks like no superbowl in hd.
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It depends on the set-top box. I'm not sure what all Comcast uses, but the Motorola STB (Motorola DCT-5100) I used to have through Charter included an input for an antenna.
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I take it your FOX is Sinclair owned? There was a big article in the Baltimore Sun last week (since the Baltimore FOX is a Sinclair station) about the dispute btwn Sinclair-owned FOX stations and Comcast over HD-carry.
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i'll have to check it out. I saw something about that online (sinclair-fox vs. comcast). Doesn't sinclair also own cox? And that's where the debate arises from?

yep nashville fox is definitely owned by sinclair.

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WZTV is owned and operated by Sinclair.

Cox does not own Sinclair or vice versa -- the issue is that Sinclair feels that cable operators should pay them for the right to distribute their digital programming. Most cable operators are balking at that; if they pay Sinclair, that'll probably set into motion every local broadcaster wanting a cut of the action.
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well, some good news at last. comcast and sinclair reached an agreement on the HD programming, and my local FOX affiliate was one of the areas the agreement included. So i get to see the super bowl in HD. SWEET.

All the markets that are included in this:

Baltimore (WBFF-TV), Pittsburgh (WPGH-TV), Nashville (WZTV-TV), Richmond (WRLH-TV), Charleston, SC (WTAT-TV), and Paducah, KY (KBSI-TV).
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Originally Posted by Big Boy Laroux
Richmond (WRLH-TV)


Noticed this yesterday... when surfing after checking the setup for my new-to-me OTA HD set-top box, purchased recently so I could watch the Super Bowl in HD
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aw, man... can you return the OTA box?
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Old 02-24-05, 11:34 AM
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I heard that Sinclair has once again pulled their FOX HDs from Comcast.
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Originally Posted by Big Boy Laroux
aw, man... can you return the OTA box?
I guess I could, but I decided to keep it (it was only approx. $70, so not as big a deal as it might have sounded like), see if I can pull in some other HD programming and channels not available via Comcast, using an antenna that's been sitting in its box for about a year and which I'm finally going to install in the attic. I am going to do it. I am! I mean it this time!

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I heard that Sinclair has once again pulled their FOX HDs from Comcast.
Good grief. Looks like that includes Richmond, according to the Sinclair website

Sinclair station listings
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