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Are digital cable and HDTV the same thing?
Digital doesn't necessarily mean HDTV. This means just having digital cable isn't enough to ensure you get HDTV. You need special equipment to get HDTV.

While you can get an HDTV receiver for your digital cable or satellite service to watch HD video, you have to specifically ask for it. Those receivers do not come as standard equipment. They usually cost a bit extra on your monthly bill.

In addition to a receiver, you need an HDTV set. You also need to connect the receiver using a DVI or HDMI connector. This looks like a computer cable. The standard coax cable, RCA or S-Video connections on the box won't send an HD signal to the TV. Those are intended to hook up other non-HD devices.

Finally, even though the networks say the program is being transmitted in HD, you won't see it in HD unless your local affiliate station is relaying it to you in HD. Otherwise, you're only watching an SD conversion of the program.

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