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Where can I find old analogue cable converters? What happened to United Artist Cable?

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  1. Radium

    Radium Guest


    In April of '89, I rented a cable-converter-box from United Artist. It
    was obviously an analogue cable-converter as at that time, there were
    no digital equivalents. It had red LED display for the channels. I
    gave it back to United Artist Cable in August of '92.

    Where can I find this box or something similar? I have the book that
    came with the cable box but it doesn't give the model-# or anything I
    could use to ID it?

    Also, what happened to United Artist? I called up their phone number
    in August of '94, and their name was changed to "TCI Cable Vision".
    That phone number is no longer valid.

    This cable box had the option of connected to channel 2 or 3 in the
    television. This was weird because usually the option is channel 3 or
    4, as it was with the Nintendo Entertainment System I had at the time.

    Currently, what is the name of the cable company who used to be United

    Thanks in advance,

  2. Allen Abel

    Allen Abel Guest

    Well, this will get you caught up to March of 1999:

    AT&T completes megamerger with TCI
  3. HankG

    HankG Guest

    How about using a cable-ready VCR? You may still get one at Wal-Mart.

  4. Al in Dallas

    Al in Dallas Guest

    AT&T has sold its cable/broadband subsidiary to Comcast. Everyone who
    used to be a TCI customer has become a Comcast customer if they
    haven't cancelled their cable subscription.

  5. Is United Video Cablevision still in your area?

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  6. Al in Dallas

    Al in Dallas Guest

    Charter seems to be the only cable company around St. Louis now. When
    I lived in Dallas, the choices were Comcast and Time-Warner's Road
    Runner. Choices were made by the various city councils, not the
    consumers, natch.

  7. I was working for United Video's Cincinnati system when the St. Louis
    system was being built. The city passed a ban on ALL sat dishes,
    including those at CATV headends, and at radio & TV stations in an
    attempt to force everyone to use CATV. The city of St. Louis was
    divided up between seven CATV companies in the early '80s.

    That is the 'franchise' process, which decides who gets to use their
    right of way to build and maintain the electric, phone and CATV

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  8. Puddin'  Man

    Puddin' Man Guest

    Not all. I went thru -all- the St. Louis, MO cable vendors from 1984
    to present. It was TCI until Charter took it over maybe 1998. It's
    been Charter since.


    "Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens!"
    -Friedrich Schiller
  9. Puddin'  Man

    Puddin' Man Guest

    That didn't last long. After enough wheeling/dealing to land a few
    city fathers in jail and others in court, they settled on one vendor.
    There were lots of crazy-sounding clauses in the city contract,
    service was often horrible, etc. Later, TCI took it over: not much

    If I hadda nickel for every unpublicized deal involving cable "franchises" ...


    "Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens!"
    -Friedrich Schiller
  10. Al in Dallas

    Al in Dallas Guest

    Well, the "new AT&T" is working on the state legislature to allow it
    to supply cable services throughout the state of Missouri without any
    permission needed from city or county levels. Of course, since that's
    the old SWB and their customer service has sucked for a decade, the
    current cable companies may have nothing to worry about.

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