Originally Posted by Brian Conrad
It's like buying a car. If you know how to wheel and deal you can drive a new car off the lot for a lot less than the majority who don't. This thread is becoming more on how to "game" the system.
It appears to be that Comcast (as well as other services) has promised to deliver X amount of customers to various services. So if you whine and usually wouldn't have that lower cost option available to you they offer it anyway not to placate you but as one of the numbers they've promised.
I'm still for "ala carte" as I really don't watch a bunch of different channels and don't want to subsidize programming I never watch. And I wonder what they are going to "tier" the new HD channels. So if we're only am interested in a couple channels in the third tier are we going to have to pay a penalty by paying for even more channels we'll never watch?
It's a system that Comcast themselves have set up so nobody should feel the least bit guilty about "gaming it", I know I sure don't.
You might be right about the numbers, could be sub numbers to meet a contract level and/or internal sales targets. I think premium channels get bartered with a lot as the last I read, about 2 years ago, channels like HBO/SHO cost the carrier(Comcast, DirecTV, etc) around $5 to $8 per subscriber, so it's easy for them to deal on those channels, especially when there are subs paying the full $18.99 to carry the load as it were. Internet service is huge profit center so it's relatively easy for them to offer very good deals/promos there as well.Broadband Reports
is a good place to check on what sort of deals may be available. The best thing to do is just ask though, just a visit to the office every other month or so to ask what's new could be tremendously cost saving, I know it has been for me.
I've held off on going Digital Classic(Preferred) for the same reason, currently there's nothing there I want, like you, I'm waiting to see how the new channel actually fall. The only channel I was really interested in was MLB-HD, but by the time it's added to the Santa Rosa system the baseball season will already be over. On the other hand, as I noted earlier, SHO with a cost of $11 per month($1-SHO and $9.95 for Classic/Preferred) is still a very good price, especially with Dexter starting soon..