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MyTake - Buying a Cable Box Now Possible


Buying a Cable Box Now Possible 
Sunday, January 5, 2014, 2:05 PM - Computing Technology, Hardware
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Samsung just started selling its Smart Media Player, a set top box (STB) that will accept a CableCard from the cable company for $150. Previously these have only been available for purchase for connections to computers, such as a HDHomeRun, not directly to TVs. Cable companies typically charge a small rental fee of $2-5 per month per CableCard. As you can see this can pay for itself in 1-2 years compared to a $10/month (or more) HD STB rental from the cable company. You won't get all the features of the cable box like the guide or on-demand but it functions like a normal TV, pick a channel, the video shows up on the TV. For an infrequently used TV set, this could save a bundle while still getting HD quality.

The Samsung GX-SM530CF Cable Box and Streaming Media Player is available on Amazon and at time of writing is $138.
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