Originally posted by mpsan
OK...this is from the Comcast Local web site...
Dual Tuner DVR
If Dual Tuner DVR is available, when you subscribe to DVR, Comcast will provide you with a Motorola DCT 6412 digital cable and high-definition receiver with a built-in DVR.
What does DVR cost?
DVR service costs just $9.95 a month per unit beyond the cost of your current Comcast Digital Cable subscription.
SO, I assume that we have the dual tuner and WILL get the 6412's.
Second, what is all this talk about the second DVR costing $19.90???
Ok, let's separate the costs out a bit, shall we?
Let's say you're a digital subscriber, and you get a single standard-definition digital cable box. That box will cost you nothing, you'll just pay the subscription rate for the package.
Now let's say, instead of the SD box, you opt for an HD box. They'll charge you $5/mo to rent that box. If you opt for the DVR, it's $9.95.
Now forgetting entirely
about box rental, if you opt to get a second
receiver, regardless of which receiver it is, they'll charge you a $9.95 "additional outlet" fee. So if it's an SD box, it's $9.95; if it's an HD box, it's $14.95 ($5 + $9.95); and if it's a DVR, it's $19.90 ($9.95 + $9.95). Now does it make sense?
Apparantly this is not a universal policy, as some people back East claim to be paying ~$15 for their second DVR's, others claim that for their first DVR's. It's a quagmire, to be sure, but it's what we have.
Of course, none
of these rules apply to analog, and if Comcast hopes to remain competitive after the digital switchover (hell, why not start with the simulcast?), they're going to have to significantly reduce that cost. JQ6P isn't going to want to pay $50/mo in "Additional Outlet" fees to keep every television in his house hooked up. The Dish companies have been getting away with $5/mo per additional receiver for a decade, I imagine cable will likely do the same.
Originally posted by CUclimber
Hi all you other AVS Portlanders!
I'm moving into a new apartment a week from today, and I'll be setting up a full Comcast HD and high-speed internet service with them. My roomate and I are probably going to go for the Platinum or Gold package.
I'm new to HD (other than following the specific technologies in the televisions themselves) and want to know what exactly to ask Comcast for when I sign up. We won't be getting a PVR, so is there a specific cable box that we should ask for? DVI is pretty much a necessity in my opinion.
If you decide to go Platinum, I'd ask for the "Platinum Plus" package, which for an extra $2/mo includes all the same content as "Platinum," but also adds in the Digital Extra channels, the full sports package (at least for NBA, I believe MLB as well), and - most importantly if you intend to run 2 televisions - no "Additional Outlet" fee on the second receiver. So if you just wanted HD tuners, they'd be $5/ea for the first two, or you could get a DVR and an SD box for the same price. Either way, you'd be saving
money vs. Platinum
Also, what's the best deal I can get with a combined tv and internet package? I noticed that you get $10 off each month for having them both, but it has been my experience in the past that these things are often negotiable or can be haggled down a bit.
The $10/mo off is standard for combined TV/HSI accounts. However, they're regularly running promotions for discounts on the monthly HSI fee. $19.95 for 3 months is common; recently they've been advertising $14.95 for 3 months (that may have expired yesterday, but you might still be able to talk them into it). I've also seen $19.95 for 6 months offered, but I can't recall anywhere else but through Dell when one orders a computer. Might try asking for that, though.
Also, if you can get your hands on at least an old dish receiver and/or dish for cheap (might try Goodwill or the like, the receiver is key, though), you can use the "Dish Buy-back" program to get $25/mo credited to your bill for 16 months. They'll take the receiver and/or dish when they do the install.