What Is a Cable Television Box?


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A cable TV box is a type of set top box that unscrambles encrypted cable TV channels and transmits them to a television set. The receiver is required for customers who subscribe to cable TV, as they cannot view cable channels without one.

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Although cable boxes are provided to subscribers free of charge, their usage is not free. Customers must pay a monthly rental free in order to use them. Until recently, only subscribers to premium cable stations were required to rent cable boxes. However, a decision passed by the Federal Communications Commission in October 2012 allowed companies to encrypt all their stations, forcing basic cable customers to either rent or purchase a cable box.

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