The Art of Cable Descrambling
If you have cable TV but are not fortunate enough to have the
premium services, here is a simple way to pickup Cinemax, the Movie
Channel, Showtime, the Disney Channel, and any other service that
appears as a fuzzy picture (one that you can almost get clearly by
This method also works on channels that appear as a lined
flashing screen that produces a beeping sound. These channels are
not truly scrambled, which entails a random sync pulse or a coded
signal, but instead a garbage transmission is sent at the same
frequency. Therefore, in order to receive the movie services
clearly, you must filter out the garbage.
Here is a simple way to do this:
1) Examine the back of your TV set. Find the VHF antenna
terminals (these are the antenna terminals that the cable
service is hooked up to). Get a piece of antenna wire
about 3 feet long. Strip one end of the wire and attach it
to the VHF terminals along with the cable.
2) Tune in to one of the movie services and adjust the fine
tuner until you get the cleanest picture.
3) Cut off about 1/4 inch of the antenna wire and adjust the
fine tuner. Continue to do this until you get a nearly
perfect picture (NOTE: You shouldn't have to cut off more
than 6 inches of the antenna wire).
4) Get a piece of aluminum foil and wrap it around the antenna
wire. Slide it up and down until you have a perfect
It sounds complicated, but it's actually very simple and effective.
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