Originally Posted by s.bradford
If you want HD from Comcast the min. is 54.20 standard cable and 14.95 for digital box etc.
If you want low def you can have basic cable for $9.00. Now I don't actually know if you get free clear QAM HD locals with basic... but it is clearly not marketed that way; the HD locals are NOT listed in the basic cable channel listing.
Sounds like they're charging xtra to me. While they no longer come out and say it like the sat companies do (they used to), you still pay a significant premium for HD, even if it is just the locals. Forcing you to take 100 channels of crap just to get locals and ESPN in HD should be illegal.
It is well-documented on AVS, that with Comcast, one can get HD Locals with Ltd. Basic, either via clear-QAM or an HD Box rental. Here the channels/services card indeed shows HD Locals as part of Ltd. Basic.
They don't force one to take Expd Basic (resulting in Digital Starter), nor Digital Classic, although they will try very much to sell them, or not make one aware of all of the choices. That is why people need to look at what is in writing on their prices/services card and channels/services card.
ESPN-HD is part of Expd. Basic, so they do make you take many channels, more like 70, though.
Comcast has standardized it's HD channel tiering in many systems.
Ltd. Basic = HD Locals
Digital Starter (Standard in Digital) = HD Standards and HD exclusives
Digital Classic (can be purchased a la carte) = HD Digital Classics
Premiums = HD Premiums.
Sure looks like no extra to me. They even throw in HD exclusives in Digital Starter, which many people have already.
Some areas may still vary, though.