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Cable card
Pahiker1
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Where do I find the cable card on the Verizon site? I've gone to the store and looked through all of the accessories and no luck. I've searched for cable card and found posts about it, but no link to the device.

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Re: Cable card
gs0b
Super User
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Cable Cards were an  ill conceived idea mandated by the FCC in an attempt to create an open market for digital cable ready TVs and set-top-boxes.  While the idea was good - find a way to allow people to buy their own equipment instead of renting it from the MSOs - the implementation wasn't.

It ended up increasing the cost of all set-top-boxes due to the extra chips, connectors and packaging required. The TVs and consumer set-top-boxes that made it to market didn't work as well as MSO provided boxes due to limitations in the cable card design.  For example they couldn't do on-demand  and the guide experience varied greatly.  As a result, the number of cable cards actually ordered by consumers was very small.  I think it was a few hundred thousand users across the entire country.  The FCC eliminated the mandate for "separable security" years ago. 

I think the only device you can still buy with cable card support are the TiVOs.  No TVs have been sold with cable card slots in years.

Since there was no market demand for cable cards, there is no replacement.  If you have an old TV with a cable card slot you can use it if you're able to rent one from Verizon.

Or, you can rent another box.  I recently added another box to my home and it was $6 more each month.  You may find a cable card rental is only slightly less, and then you don't get on-demand, DVR access and so on.

If the old TV has a digital tuner, you can try plugging the cable directly into it.  There are some channels that Verizon doesn't encrypt and your TV will be able to display.  Channel numbers will be "funny" but it may work well enough for you.

Good Luck.

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Re: Cable card
gs0b
Super User
Super User

Cable cards are not very popular anymore.  It doesn't surprise me that Verizon makes them hard to find.  I suggest you reach out to Verizon via Chat to ask how to order one.

Good Luck.

Re: Cable card
Pahiker1
Contributor

Something that has replaced them? Have a TV in our old family room that we don't use much anymore. Don't want to pay for the additional STB, alternative is a digital antenna and just live with what it picks up.

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Re: Cable card
gs0b
Super User
Super User

Cable Cards were an  ill conceived idea mandated by the FCC in an attempt to create an open market for digital cable ready TVs and set-top-boxes.  While the idea was good - find a way to allow people to buy their own equipment instead of renting it from the MSOs - the implementation wasn't.

It ended up increasing the cost of all set-top-boxes due to the extra chips, connectors and packaging required. The TVs and consumer set-top-boxes that made it to market didn't work as well as MSO provided boxes due to limitations in the cable card design.  For example they couldn't do on-demand  and the guide experience varied greatly.  As a result, the number of cable cards actually ordered by consumers was very small.  I think it was a few hundred thousand users across the entire country.  The FCC eliminated the mandate for "separable security" years ago. 

I think the only device you can still buy with cable card support are the TiVOs.  No TVs have been sold with cable card slots in years.

Since there was no market demand for cable cards, there is no replacement.  If you have an old TV with a cable card slot you can use it if you're able to rent one from Verizon.

Or, you can rent another box.  I recently added another box to my home and it was $6 more each month.  You may find a cable card rental is only slightly less, and then you don't get on-demand, DVR access and so on.

If the old TV has a digital tuner, you can try plugging the cable directly into it.  There are some channels that Verizon doesn't encrypt and your TV will be able to display.  Channel numbers will be "funny" but it may work well enough for you.

Good Luck.

Re: Cable card
Pahiker1
Contributor

I'll give that a try. I'm paying $12/month for a set we rarely use. The way prices are going up here I'm looking to cut as many corners as possible. After their last rate increase I dropped down to the Preferred package. Still **bleep** that I have to pay for a landline that I don't have because they don't have a Tv/Internet option. Considering Xfinity when my contract runs out this year, they do have a Tv/Internet package.

Re: Cable card
gs0b
Super User
Super User

Comcast charges similar amounts for set-top-box rentals and also makes it hard to get cable cards.

Have you considered cutting the cord?  Depending on what your TV viewing needs are, you may find that to be a good solution.

Good Luck.

Re: Cable card
Pahiker1
Contributor

Yeah, but their two-year price is low. Have a neighbor who switches back-and-forth between them whenever the contract ends, gets back in as a new customer.

I considered cutting, but with the channels we watch we'd have to subscribe to multiple services, when added to internet prices we end up near the same price.

There is a local company (Windstream) that has been courting our neighborhood, not sure what they carry, but it's worth looking. They offer a Senior pricing discount for those of us on fixed incomes that have trouble with the "big two" constantly raising prices.

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