|Post 9 made on Friday December 7, 2012 at 13:17|
Webster7 , Welcome to the Forum. The converter box being supplied by the cable co is intended only to allow you to continue to watch the previous analog ones. For access to other features like on demand or hd they would have sold you their regular digital boxes.
In other words either they give you a FREE converter box so you can continue subscribing to the old analog package (now being sent in digital format of course) or they upsale you the current digital lineup with a current digital cable box for a fee or even an upgrade to hd service if you want.
If they insist on you paying for the new hardware (aka converter box ) you should contact your local representative and ask them why it happens.
Now, with the understanding that you already have 2 new HDTV sets ,and on fixed income, and depending where you live , your best bet might even be to consider cancelling their service and using an antenna system to get the FREE HDTV signals already on the air.
Try using and indoor antenna first , preferably UHF capable, even if it is 50 years old , still works , and see what stations can you get. factors like distance to transmitters , your home building materials, surrounding obstrucytions like trees,buildings, antenna height play a big role , but in general , for isntance , anywhere in the GTA, with any indoor youl will get at least a couple of channels just to compare.
Stations available are major US and Canadian networks like CBC, CTV, CBS with local news and weather, traffic , etc, so in other words it will be a good substitution to basic analog cable, for cable only channels like CNN, ESPN , Weather and such on the whole analog cable line up , then such an antenna system is not suitable.
BTW, if I may ask , in which area the local cable co has removed the analog ones already?