Originally Posted by Ratman
As an analog only and HBO subscriber for 25 years with no box required, why should I (or anyone else in the same situation) pay more for the same service? (assuming I don't care about VOD, music channels, channel guides, etc.)
Also... why do I have to forced to add hardware/features at my expense that I don't desire? The $$ is not the 'major' concern. It's the priciple. Why do I have to pay to (in reality) subsidize to free up bandwidth constraints so Comcast can add VoIP and other newer features?
There should be "grandfathered" exception to long term subscribers. I can live with the doubling of channels (initially 35 to 70), but the subscription from (from $8.00 to $60) just doesn't sit well now that they want to suck more from my wallet for stuff I don't desire.
You conspicously left out, that a given Premium goes from one channel to ~nine channels (you said you don't care about its OnDemand content).
I am sure you will say you would be happy with staying with one channel of a Premium service, too.
And you aren't forced to do anything.
If you don't like it you are free to cancel your Premium sub or your entire sub.
If you have line-of-sight, you can get DirecTv or Dish, and eventually Verizon or other FIOS, if it isn't already available, to get the same Premium(s)....with, you guessed it, a box.
Look I understand your frustration, but there is no way to 'grandfather' something like this.
They need the bandwith and the security, so they have to move forward.
BTW, in the past, all Premiums required a box rental here, then they went boxless on all but one.
Now it is a very small box, as I said, for all.
Or a CableCard, but they can be troublesome, if you even have one of those TVs.
For a Premium, Comcast provides free CableCards.
Eventually there will probably be DCAS, so no box, but you would need all new TVs.
I know that isn't a solution for legacy TVs, the Motorola DCT-700 is the about the smallest box one could expect.
I don't know what SA uses.
Wait until they drop 'Expanded' from Analog, likely in 2/09 or earlier, thus requiring a Digital Box.
A lot of people will be complaining, only being able to get 'Basic' w/o a box.
And even Basic will be discontinued from Analog, eventually.