Michael Powell

Cable-Compatible TV, at Last! By Cliff Roth It's been over 20 years since the first "cable-ready" TV sets and VCRs hit the market. But as any installer can tell you, a funny thing happened on the way to cable compatibility. The signals got scrambled. While it was true that a "cable-compatible" TV set could use its built-in cable tuner to view all the unscrambled basic channels, the same technology was essentially useless for all the premium channels, such as HBO and Showtime. With the advent of digital cable service, the "cable-ready" tuner became even more useless. And in some cable TV markets, such

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