Connecting the TV
Using the CableCARD Device
z You can also access
information about your
CableCARD device in
the Applications settings
(see page 102).
The CableCARD device provides cable subscribers with access to digitally
encrypted cable channels — without the need for a set-top box — that will
enable you to receive not only standard definition but also high definition
television. The CableCARD device, which is provided by your cable TV
company, is inserted into the TV's rear panel CableCARD slot. After the
service is activated with your cable TV company, the card replaces the need
for a separate set-top box.
If you are planning to use a separate cable box for digital cable TV services,
you may be able to receive programming using this TV with the
CableCARD device instead — except in the following circumstances:
Your cable TV company does not provide CableCARD service in your
You want to access your cable TV company's interactive or advanced
features (such as video-on-demand or, in some cases, pay-per-view). At
this time, these services require a bidirectional link, which are only
available through the use of a separate set-top box. CableCARD device
is currently a unidirectional device only, and cannot provide these
Check with your cable TV company for CableCARD service details,
limitations, pricing, and availability, all of which are determined by your
cable TV company — not Sony.
Before you can use CableCARD service, you need to insert the CableCARD
device (supplied by your cable TV company) and activate the service, as
Insert the CableCARD device into the CableCARD slot.
CAUTION: When inserting the CableCARD device, the rear side of
the card should be on your left side. Inserting the CableCARD
incorrectly may result in permanent damage to the card and the TV.
Gently push the card into the slot until it locks into place.
After 1-2 minutes, the CableCARD device setup screen is automatically
displayed. This screen includes information your cable TV company
will request before they can activate your service.