Do I Need DTA?
Mid-Hudson Cable is upgrading its Cable TV signal to All-Digital. Digital technology has become an important part of all our lives and improves how much of today’s technology can be harnessed and used effectively. We think cable TV should be no different. In fact, we began a progression to digital almost 15 years ago with the construction of our enhanced fiber optic broadband cable system.
As you know from the network broadcaster transition that occurred in 2009, all people receiving antenna service were required to have a digital converter box. Mid-Hudson Cable did not require our customers without set top receivers to make any changes at that time. They could continue to get Basic cable channels without any extra equipment. Now it has become essential for Mid-Hudson Cable to upgrade to al all-digital signal in order to add new channels, make adjustments to current packages and improve our service.
We will still offer the same channel packages (Basic, Digital Basic, & HD) but moving forward, all TV’s connected to our Cable system will need to have one of the following:
|(A)Mid-Hudson DCT or DVR receiver
||(B)Mid-Hudson DTA converter box
You may have questions about all of this. See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
Why does the picture not fill my screen after I installed my Digital Adapter?
The Digital Adapter supports a screen aspect ratio of 16:9 for high definition (HD) TVs when viewing HD channels, provided that you connect the Digital Adapter to your HDTV via the HDMI interface/cable. If you are viewing standard definition (SD) channels on your HDTV, or if you connect your HDTV to the Digital Adapter using the TV Out interface and a coaxial cable, then it will support a screen aspect ratio of 4:3 only. The 4:3 aspect ratio means that the picture is formatted for standard definition programming, and not high-definition (HD) or widescreen programs. The result is that the programming will not fill the entire screen of a widescreen television.
You can often adjust the aspect ratio on the Digital Adapter or on many televisions through the Settings menu. By changing the aspect ratio, you are in essence “stretching” the standard definition picture to fit your widescreen television. Please refer to your Digital Adapter’s or TV’s owner’s manual for information and instructions.