I just ordered the Starter package for my tv service, I remember before when I had it they gave me the DTA box and said that I might need it. At the time I didn't, I could just plug the cable into the back of tv and the tv's digital tuner did the rest. Today I picked up a Cisco DTA box from my local office, they specified that I need to call a number to get it activated once its connected. Are these now a requirement? Or can I still use my tv's tuner once the service is activated. If it matters I have 2016 Samsung smart tv........
there's still 30+ analog ch's and duplicated in clear qam aa few more are being pulled this month per the letter we received last week.
And yes, DTA's are one way and require you to call in to activate as well as leave them connected and powered up, if they loose signal/ powerand miss an update you call TWC again.
Not sure what the point was for all the ...'s in the title, but anyways...
So far, without the DTA box, 148 channels with some HD.
That's excellent you have so many boxless channels. Most towns only have a few, some cities might have a dozen or two.
The answer to @ohiophotog primary question is: it depends on where you are.
I'm glad you can access all those additional channels now, but please don't fall into thinking it will always be like that ("boxless", meaning one can connect a coax direct to the TV's built-in QAM tuner). I'm saying that so you'll be forewarned should things change in the future.
I've said this before, multiple times, but I'll say it again I guess (maybe with a bit more detail)...
Some of the main reasons why "boxless" TV is going away, eventually, and why having 2-way communication (upstream & downstream both) TV boxes is not a bad idea:
It's a slow, and rather political process. Charter has made it clear they don't like DTAs.
Getting rid of boxless (eventually) was part of the package with not having a data cap.
Lots of TWC customers and employees (including myself) advocated strongly that Charter not have a data cap -- unlike AT&T and Comcast that limit your data usage.
These were part of the FCC's conditional approval for the merger of Charter, TWC, and Brighthouse:
I hope that settles the rumors before they start.
DTAs are not liked by Charter corporate for their lack of tru-2-way addressable communications and the lack of a proper Guide menu (which is actually the main complaint I've heard about them, no Guide to browse for shows and TV channels).