Originally posted by cyberized
I have EMailed them several times along with Comcast too - but - the last response I received from local KOIN executive kind of took the cake; he explained kind of like the article in the Oregonian, that since Comcast was getting paid for this signal - that they felt with their investment they should too.
Which is an out-and-out LIE!
And your response to them proves it
I wrote back and told him, what he already knew of course, that YES Comcast was really making a BIG killing, they are charging us an extra $5 a month for ALL HD Signals and that includes the use of a not inexpensive HDTV/Cable Receiver. I did not hear back from him.
That $5/mo is for the rental of the receiver. That's it. It does not pay for ANY
programming. If you had a ClearQAM receiver, you could get all the unencrypted HD channels just fine (which includes all of the locals), without paying for anything more than Limited Basic. If you subscribe to Digital Classic, then you get the rest of the "Basic" HD channels (ESPN, Discovery, INHD's); or any of the premiums as well (HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz), but again, if you had a CableCARD-capable tuner, you still wouldn't pay anything additional.
The $5 (or $6.45 for Limited Basic customers) gets you a box, nothing more. Emmis's argument holds absolutely no water whatsoever, unless they consider the $9-13/mo cable's required by law to charge every customer "getting paid for their signal," in which case, Emmis is already receiving compensation in some form (unless they elected "must-carry"), they just want more.