Why do I need equipment now when I haven’t needed any in the past?

Once the Starter TV (formerly known as Basic TV) service is encrypted, a digital device will be required on every TV to view services. A digital device can be a Set-Top Box, digital adapter or CableCARD™. Customers who had used digital TVs with QAM tuners to view services will now need a digital device.

Note: The encryption initiative currently only affects customers in LA and NYC.