1. What is a cable tv converter?
It is an electronic tuner that converts the cable signal to channel 3 or 4. A converter can only receive basic cable and does not contain a descrambler. Your cable company will supply this when you don't have a cable ready tv.
2. What is a cable tv descrambler?
A descrambler is an add-on device that when used with a non addressable converter, restores the picture and sound of premium channels.
3. Are cable descramblers legal?
Yes! Descramblers are legal. Since the cable companies can charge a rental fee for their box it is completely legal to own your own box. However, you are technically supposed to inform the cable company if you own your own box.
4. Is it difficult to build a cable descrambler?
No! The plans, some of which involve no building at all, are very simple to follow and complete. They include step by step instructions with clear pictures. It should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. No special skill or knowledge is needed.
5. Do I need a converter if I have a VCR, cable company box or a cable ready TV ?
In most instances the answer is no. A cable ready tv or vcr will work.
6. What is an Addressable Cable Box ?
An addressable cable box is the most common type of box supplied by the cable companies. It allows the cable companies to send a signal through the cable line to your box that will selectively turn on or off premium channels. It is this technology that allows the companies to offer pay per view movies that turn on the movie that you request and then turn it off as soon as the movie ends. However, both addressable and non-addressable units have the ability to receive all premium channels.
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