Peeved with my Cable company
December 22, 2012 10:32pm CST
I recently had to get a new VCR, they only come in combination with a DVD player these days, because the heads had failed. The only one I could find does not have coaxial input and my current cable boxes only have coaxial output. So for over six months I have been using the old VCR as a converter to from coaxial to the video and audio(yellow, white and red) out and in on the new VCR. Now in the last few weeks I have been having audio problems with tapes I record. So I called the cable company and they said I needed the big cable box, I have a small one, and that there would be no charge for it but I would have to pick it up at the "local" office. So today I drove the over 10 miles one way and waited in line for over half and hour only to learn that there would be a monthly fee for the big box. So they cost me at least an hour and a half and probably at least a gallon of gas for nothing. So now I will have to hope I can find a converter. When I looked briefly before, I couldn't find one to go from coaxial to the other type of connection; they only converted in the opposite way. So now tomorrow or soon I will start looking on line and maybe at Radio Shack(since they sometimes have unusual stuff like that) for the converter I need and hope that solves my audio problem.
• United States
24 Dec 12
I don't like waiting in lines either. We now are paying the fee for the cable box and what bothers me is all the channels we pay for that never are watched. We wanted HBO and Showtime, so had to pay the complete package. My husband is refusing to even consider the other company in town, as he wants to stay with the long time company even thought their rates keep rising.
• United States
24 Dec 12
I just have the very basic plan and even with it probably watch more than I should; thus the VCR. Actually the only reason I have cable is that I used to just have their Internet service and used rabbit ears for my TV but then they came out with a plan where it was cheaper to have both Internet and Cable TV than the Internet alone would be. So I added the TV.
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Dec 12
I found a used vcr on ebay, and it suits my needs, but I never got into what kind of cable or anything. I happened to have one that worked from some device where I had replaced it with a HDMI cable. But Radio shack is a good idea, maybe Fry's also? Or ebay...