Why do I need a cable box?

Can someone please explain (technically) why I need a cable box  for my Spectrum app service to work on my Roku boxes?

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Expert

Re: Why do I need a cable box?

You can get by renting a cable card for $2.50 a month, twc needs some mac address to link the streaming and SDV channels from your account to the devices you own. The experimental "boxless " service from 3 years ago was never fully implemented.

 

 

Re: Why do I need a cable box?

So I guess they can't use the MAC address of a Roku box?

Expert

Re: Why do I need a cable box?

They'd rather rent you something.  They need to tie the devices mac addy to your modem so they know you're "at home" and not stealing cable at a relatives house...

 

Re: Why do I need a cable box?

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LOL  O   OK..

 

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MsRaye wrote:

They'd rather rent you something.  They need to tie the devices mac addy to your modem so they know you're "at home" and not stealing cable at a relatives house...

 


I do not have a cable box, only the DTA's.  I can use my Roku's to watch TV on sets w/o the DTA's when I am at home.  I can also watch on my iPod Touch when at home.  If I try doing it from outside the home, I get a message on the iPod to the effect, "You are not at home, therefore some channels may not be available", which is pretty much all of them except FX and the C-Spans.   When I tried to use the Roku while on vacation, the app tells me, "Sorry.  To use this app you must be on a network behind the modem attached to the account credentials you are using to access the app."

 

So I do not rent a box, but my ability to watch on a Roku / iPod touch inside the home must be tied to the MAC address of my modem (which is mine - not rented.)

 

Your mileage may vary.

Expert

Re: Why do I need a cable box?

Spectrum does not rent DTA's, they were around the same cost as a cablecard at TWC..

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MsRaye wrote:

Spectrum does not rent DTA's, they were around the same cost as a cablecard at TWC..


I know that they no longer rent them, but I still have them, and my app(s) still work when I am at home....  YMMV.

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Re: Why do I need a cable box?


preproman wrote:

Can someone please explain (technically) why I need a cable box  for my Spectrum app service to work on my Roku boxes?


Were you told by a rep that you had to have a set top box for the app to operate? The app detects the home network through the modem, not the set top box. Is it required to have a set top or DTA as a condition of being subscribed to a tv package?

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Re: Why do I need a cable box?


reds91185 wrote:

preproman wrote:

Can someone please explain (technically) why I need a cable box  for my Spectrum app service to work on my Roku boxes?


Were you told by a rep that you had to have a set top box for the app to operate? The app detects the home network through the modem, not the set top box. Is it required to have a set top or DTA as a condition of being subscribed to a tv package?


Yes, you must rent either a cable card, cable box, dvr or a dta as part of the tv package to enable TWCTV.com -- now '" watch.spectrum.net "' thru your home modem. The boxless service was beta only and for a couple months in 2014 if someone want's to look back 10,000 posts or so...  TWC has to tie the tv service to a device they have a mac of, even if it's not connected to an active cable.

At one time, you had to reboot the cable box on a good coax connection to get the TWCTV back up.