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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.

Due to the evolving use of the Internet to view and transmit video programming, Cox must make network upgrades to ensure its programming remains secure. It may be necessary to contact the equipment provider for CableCARD-ready devices to upgrade your device.

Note: PC-based CableCARD devices, such as HDHomeRun Prime from Silicon Dust, TV Wonder from ATI, or InfiniTV from Ceton, require Windows Media Center to record and may be required to view copy-protected channels.

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 when ordering from your remote; however, you can call Cox to order.
  • Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD)
  • On DEMAND content is not available except with the TiVo Series 3 or newer.

CableCARD and Digital Receiver Comparison

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

FeaturesCapabilitiesCableCARD OnlyCableCARD with Tuning AdapterCox Receiver
Cable ProgrammingCan receive digital programming.YESYESYES
Picture Quality
Produces a clear picture and high-quality sound.YESYESYES

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.NONOYES
Can purchase PPV movies using your remote control.

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



Can access On Demand.




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