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Esperantu
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Registered: ‎04-08-2013

I have a basic subscription with a cable box.  Have an HD TV.  Picked up a DTA from the Comcast office.  What does the DTA do? Will that give me HD on my TV?

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commanguy
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Registered: ‎01-11-2010

Re: DTA

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DTAs provide a SD analog picture. It will give a poorer picture on a HD tv.

No HD , no Guide, no Music Choice channels. Mostly they only get the Limited Basic and Digtial Starter channels. No Preferred channels generaly but that is rumored to be changing.

If you only have the one tv stick with the HD box.

 

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edpeters
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Registered: ‎12-13-2007

Esperantu wrote:

I have a basic subscription with a cable box.  Have an HD TV.  Picked up a DTA from the Comcast office.  What does the DTA do? Will that give me HD on my TV?


Unless Comcast is encrypting local/basic (the FCC is authorizing them to do so), you should be able to plug the Comcast cable directly into your HDTV (as almost all of them have a "Clear QAM" tuner) and receive all those channels (most if not all local network stations in HD).

 

If Comcast is encrypting local/basic in your area, then I believe they should be providing you with a uDAT (AKA HD DTA), that you can hook-up to your TV via an HDMI cable.