Quote, QZ1:Oh, and there is no reason to make Digital Classic subs get Expd., other than profit, of course.
Originally Posted by NortheasternPJ
Exactly. Comcast pays Discovery, NESN, TNT, ESPN2 all out of the revenues from Expanded Basic customers. There's no reason in any business model why you would get their equivalents included in the digital classic tier. You are not paying for those channels with that package. All businesses are seeking to maximize profits, Comcast should be no different.
According to the Comcast Website, you pay for with digital classic (minus the expanded basic channels if you don't subscribe to that tier):
Comcast's Digital Classic package includes all of the following:
* Digital Classic Channels
* Digital Music Channels
* Limited Basic Channels
* Expanded Basic Channels
* Interactive Onscreen Program Guide
* Access to ON DEMAND movies and free programming!
Bonus Information: If you have an HDTV-Ready or HDTV-Capable television set, Comcast can offer you up to 10 channels in High Definition Format.
* Up to 1080i resolution and Dolby 5.1 surround sound.
* HDTV channels include ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, ESPN HD, INHD, INHD2, Showtime, HBO and Starz!
That's not what I said, read above again.
My point was, if one just wants Digital Classic, that is what they should give, but they don't in some areas.
You seem to imply that Expanded subs should get 'cable network' HD.
If so, I say, apparently, Comcast has the right, per channel agreements, to charge separately for SD and HD channels, (except Locals), whether people think it is fair or not.
You quoted from their site, it is a sales tool, it won't show the Digital Classic 'service', just the 'package', which includes Std.
Furthermore, even what you quoted, doesn't mention HD channels, only in 'Bonus info', mentioning all of the HD available.
According to our local Comcast pamphlet, wich is what the FCC mandates to be the MSO's official info., HD channels are each marked as being part of Basic, a Premium, or Digital Classic.
(It doesn't say 'Digital Classic with Standard', which is the 'package' moniker here.)
The HD 'cable networks' are marked 'Digital Classic'.
So, yes, we are paying for them with just Digital Classic (or Plus) 'service'.
Do you know for a fact that HD 'cable networks' aren't payed for based on Digital Classic sub numbers?
I bet they are, it is all subject to negotiation.
They can maximize profit, as they do in some areas with their pre-requisites, and if they do that here, I can also choose another provider.