Originally posted by Bizily:
"1. What is the cost to subscribe to Comcast HD? Do you have to upgrade to their digital service? Do you pay to rent the tuner?"
--Yes, you need to have the digital service from what I know. You don't need to pay EXTRA over the normal digital box. The normal digital boxes are 5.99 a month each. So if you have 3 Digital boxes, you could replace all 3 with HDTV boxes for no additional cost (assuming you have 3 HD displays to use them on
) . You get all 7 channels (assuming you already subscribe to HBO and SHO) for no additional cost.
"2. Are all 7 channels now active?"
--Yes, all 7 channels are up and running.
"3. Can I incorporate my TiVo box into this system? I assume that the TiVo box would simply act as a smart channel changer for the HD STB. Do you know if Comcast will have an integrated HDTV/PVR STB any time soon?"
--I can not comment on this question, as I do not yet use TiVo. I have heard that Comcast will be offering a PVR option in early 2004, but I have not seen anything concrete.
"4. I've been hearing about dropouts even over cable. Is this true? If so, what the hell? I figured I'd be done with dropouts if I went to cable."
--I have watched about 15-20 hours of HDTV over Comcast since Dec 1st, and have ONLY experienced dropouts on ESPNHD. I get an audio and video dropout every couple of minutes almost everytime I watch a HD program on ESPN. The other channels have not had this problem. NOTE: I have not watched much ESPN since the other channels came online, so I do not know if it is still happening. It may have only been while they were still testing the area with ESPN only.
Hope this helps, and good luck.