Friend moved into an UWS apartment. Didn't order cable. He gets NY1 on 59.468, NBC-4 on 65.1, ABC-7 on 65.2. plus others. When he called Time Warner, rep said none of their channels have a dot after a number. Anyone know what's going on?
Channels that are #.# are over-the-air digital channels. Anyone can receive them for free with the right TV and antenna.
Some, but not all, of those channels are also available on cable, but they would have a different number that doesn't include a dot.
r1, OP here. Should I have told you that he just plugged the TV into wire coming from wall? He doesn't have any box.
I lived in an apt for a year that received the broadcast channels and very basic cable channels like maybe TBS and NY1 and TNT, etc. Never paid and never needed a box.
If you plug your TV directly into the cable outlet without any box in between, you'll get some of the more basic cable channels, and they WILL have decimal points. Some of mine had five or six digits, even.
Aren't the .1 (point one) designations for HD versions of local channels?
2 of my tv's, which are not connected to cable get the network affiliates on these channels. They are high-def tv's as well. I have regular rabbit ear antennas connected to them.
4.1 is CBS, 7.1 is ABC, 7.2 is the CW, etc.
R5 Yes. Digital over-the-air channels have those designations for their sub-channels (e.g., 4.1, 4.2, etc.) The highest post-decimal number I've seen is .13, I think.
However, if you connect to cable without a box, you'll also get similar designations, but with much longer numbers. For example, 43.2304. At least this happens with my service, which is from Charter. And you only get certain channels, not all of the ones you'd get with the box.
Decimal points? In Los Angeles I've never seen such a thing.
R7 Are you referring to over-the-air or cable? I'm in LA (county, anyway) and almost all of the broadcast channels have sub-channels with decimal points. 5.2 is Antenna and 5.3 is THIS, for example. 56.3 is MeTV.