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CableCARD Features and Limitations


CableCARDs allows you to receive video programming through the use of a retail device. This includes TVs and other devices that accept CableCARDs.

  • A retail device has built-in technology that allows you to receive digital and High-Definition (HD) cable signals without the use of a Cox receiver.
  • You can lease a CableCARD from Cox to access digital cable and HD programming.

CableCARD Limitations

With CableCARD devices, you do not have access to the features below.

  • Cox’s Interactive Program Guide (IPG) including Cox’s Parental Controls
  • Pay-Per-View (PPV), including special events and sports packages
  • Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD)
  • On DEMAND content is not available except with the TiVo Series 3 or newer.

You can call Cox to order PPV special events and sports packages.

CableCARD and Digital Receiver Comparison

Refer to the table below for comparisons of CableCARDS and digital receivers.

Features Capabilities CableCARD Only CableCARD with Tuning Adapter Cox Receiver
Cable Programming Can receive both analog and digital programming. YES YES YES
Picture Quality
Produces a clear picture and high-quality sound. YES YES YES

Premium Channels

Can access premium channels like HBO, Showtime, or Starz!

Note: Based on your programming package, premium channels are available.

Interactive Program Guide
Can access Cox's interactive programming guide. NO NO YES
Can purchase PPV movies using your remote control.



Can access On Demand.




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