The Cable Box outside my house

#1
Currently, I have comcast cable and internet service. I'm here because I am thinking about going OTA for TV.

1. The box outside where the cable is connected to said something like "Property of Comcast." And it's tied, so I can't break the seal. Is this my property or Comcast's property? Can I open it?

2. How would this work? Both the cable TV and internet comes out of the same box. The house is pre-wired for cable so I have TV in 3 rooms. What I'm thinking is to connect the OTA into this box so all the TVs will work. Because I never opened the box, I have no idea what's next or what to ask? Is it possible to have OTA and Comast internet on the same line?

Much thanks.
 

dkreichen1968

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#2
I don't think there is anyway to inject the OTA onto the same line as the internet. Somewhere there should be a place where the cable has a splitter to go to the different TVs and the modem. I doubt it is in the cable box. Mine is in the furnace/water heater closet. That is where you're going to want to make the split. Use a joiner to go from the Comcast line in to the modem, and hook the OTA to the splitter, with the lines going to the TVs. Depending on your signal strength, you may need a low noise distribution or pre-amp to make the split.
 
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I don't think there is anyway to inject the OTA onto the same line as the internet. Somewhere there should be a place where the cable has a splitter to go to the different TVs and the modem. I doubt it is in the cable box. Mine is in the furnace/water heater closet. That is where you're going to want to make the split. Use a joiner to go from the Comcast line in to the modem, and hook the OTA to the splitter, with the lines going to the TVs. Depending on your signal strength, you may need a low noise distribution or pre-amp to make the split.
Correct, there is a spliter inside the house now. But if I was to run a OTA, it would be outside. So I would connect the OTA to my cable box(?) outside first, so all my TVs in the house would work. I hope that will make my orignial post more clear.

I'm a total rookie, so don't expect me to already know something, if I'm not understanding your reply.
 
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Chris S.

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#4
Hooking up antenna in cable box

I want to stop paying for cable so I purchased an antenna. Since my house is pre-wired for cable, can I just run the cable from my antenna to the box on the outside of my house? If I stop receiving cable, will they remove that access box?
 

Fringe Reception

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#5
:welcome: Chris,

It would be best if you connected your antenna directly to your TV set, then SCAN for received channels.

Odds are you have 'Cable TV SPECIFIC' devices in the existing coax run and possibly concealed inside your walls and if so, they will attenuate or entirely block your FREE OTA antenna reception. There's no way to know: Satellite receiver components may be inline but concealed.

Jim
 
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Jim5506

DTVUSA Member
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I get internet service from the cable company and they DO have TV and internet on the same cable into the house.

I just connected a standard splitter to the cable line before the cable modem and scan cable channels on my HD Tivo, and it finds 250 channels. Many of them are encrypted, but I still get many SD version of channels 2 through 91 plus all the OTA channels (15 of them)in the 100's range are HD.

YMMV.
 

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