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I have a non HD cable box from Verizon Fios and I am wondering if I can connect a regular HDMI Fios cable to a non HD box that can't get HD channels? Can I do it or not?

asked Apr 07 '12 at 23:03

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edited Apr 07 '12 at 23:04

If there is a HDMI port on the back you might be able to connect to it. However you will not get HD channels unless you subscribe to HD. And if you subscribe to HD then you should get a HD box.

answered Apr 07 '12 at 23:19

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But will the shows come in clearer with the HDMI cable connected?

(Apr 08 '12 at 00:34) Studio66Designs Studio66Designs's gravatar image

No because the signal to your box still isn't HD, but if you want clear HD channels an HDMI cable is needed.

(Apr 08 '12 at 03:11) sulljason sulljason's gravatar image

No the shows will look the same. Unless you get HD service. I really don't think there is a HDMI port on the back of a non-HD box anyway. But if you just plug in a HDMI cable and try.

(Apr 08 '12 at 09:32) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

I have Time Warner Cable, and plugging in a HDMI cable doesn't make a difference on Standard Definition TV. What makes a difference is the cable however. A cheap cable produces a cheap video and audio stream, vs a medium cable ($10-15) produces a better quality. Going back to the picture, I enclosed two pictures, one on a SD stream, and another on a HD stream. The SD stream has bars, while the HD stream is stretched out to fit the screen size. If you don't have HD, which I know Verizon has it for free, so does Time Warner, you need a HD box to even receive it. Hope you follow my advice.

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answered Apr 08 '12 at 13:06

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DJ Scooby Doo

It depends on the service you subscribed to, not the cable itself, though you may get a better quality signal with an HDMI cable, just not HD.

answered Apr 08 '12 at 14:06

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I partly disagree, sometimes the cable used can mean a great stream and a pixelated stream.

(Apr 08 '12 at 14:07) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image
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