Originally Posted by pgwalsh
Limited basic came with my internet package. I'm using it now because I haven't mounted an antenna yet. My house is 2 stories and I don't have a tall enough later. That aside I'm getting my internet package for a 12 month deal of $35. If I didn't get the package they wanted to charge me $60.
That is how they are able to keep their video subscriber numbers up. At the same time that Antennas Direct was selling 600,000 antennas "video subscriber" numbers were going up. It makes me wonder how real those numbers are if you have to bundle internet with TV to get the best price. How many people have satellite, but are "video subscribers" of the cable company because that is how they get their internet.
When I first started using it, I could tune in History and Discovery, but those are gone now. Apparently they will encrypt all the channels, including the locals, this year. I guess the FCC changed the rules, so they don't have to stream them in clear. My understanding is that this will save the cable companies a lot of money since they can leave everyone hooked up and they'll only need to send them a box and not have to rehook customers up outside.
That is the excuse, but when your charging "rent" for cable boxes your enviromently friendly/consumer cost savings modivation is a bit suspect.
I wish there were some local internet providers that had good bandwidth. I'd switch in a heartbeat because I rather support the small guy than either of the juggernauts.
The only one I know of is http://www.pcisys.net/index.php
. I've had friends who had their wireless service, who gave them great reviews, but they just can't compete on price and bandwidth with the big boys.