Hi guys. I'm an HD virgin...I've read the entire thread and I just want to make sure I am doing the right thing.
I just placed an order for a Sony 36" WEGA HDTV, model KD-36XS955. I can't stand projection TVs, and this was the largest HD tube I could find.
The Sony KD-36XS955 has a CableCard slot and a built-in HDTV tuner. That means I should be able to get HD channels without needing a cable box, right?
I tried calling Comcast to verify everything with them, and all they did was confuse me. First, they said the CableCard is $15/month. I told them I thought it was provided for free, and please check again. Then they said the actual CableCard is free, but you have to subscribe to digital cable. I told them I don't want digital cable, I just want my regular channels in HD. Ultimately, they said to drop by Mainstream Drive and pick up a CableCard, and I should get the networks and a couple other channels for free. But that took 25 minutes to figure out, most of which was spent on hold as the CSR told me she doesn't know much about HD and needed to ask someone else about it. I am an HD newbie, and I felt like I almost knew more about it than they did. So I wasn't left with total confidence that I had ultimately been given the correct answer.
Can anyone verify this for me, that the CableCard and regular (non-premium) HD channels are free, and that's all I need to be able and watch HD on this TV?
Also, what are the current HD channels I should expect to receive? I assume ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, ESPN and Discovery, and then there are two INHD channels, correct?
Thanks in advance for the help.