Originally Posted by aindik
Comcast currently charges $8.90 a month for every digital box. (The first $8.90 is included in the price of a digital package if you have one). Unless they drastically reduce the price, customers with five TVs and 1 box (these people, I think, are pretty common) will see their cable bills go up by $35.60 if Comcast switches to all digital and requires boxes in order to watch those other four TVs. A not-insiginificant number of them will switch to Dish, DirecTV or FIOS if that happens.
Not needing a box for every single TV is the only thing that keeps cable anywhere near price-competitive with satellite.
Comcast, in this region has:
Digital Classic/Preferred A/O (with box): $8.90
Digital Starter A/O (with box): $4.95
Digital Box for Locals, Premiums only: $3.95
In reality, Digital Classic and above services and Digital A/Os include $3.95 Digital Box cost within their fees.
Regardless of service on the main TV, to get access to Standard service on the rest of the TVs, which is what people usually get without a box, one just needs Digital Starter A/O: $4.95.
So, four extra Digital Boxes is $19.80 more per mo., much less, but still too much $.
Comcast, in areas where they have gone Digital-only for Expd. service, has given free and discounted boxes for a year.