Well, I think I have figured out ways to save money on my Comcast bill for when the rates go up in May when my promo period ends. I just ordered a SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime CableCard tuner that has 3 tuners that can be accessed over any local network connection from Amazon with some gift card codes I had. Managed to get the thing for $13.90 grand total with free 2-day Prime shipping.
Not too bad I don't think.
My Comcast bill had a rate change listing in it as well as a program guide list on it. Going by that, I should be able to recognize some savings by going with my own tuner. If I read the bill correctly, it should be like this for me:
With Digital Preferred, you get a box for free as part of the package, so that should cover the monthly rental for the RNG-110 I have in the bedroom.
I will have to pay the HD Technology Fee that is $8.50 (going up to $9.95 on 4/1).
I will be able to return the two HD DVR's that cost $15.95/month (going to $16.95/month on 4/1).
The CableCARD for the SiliconDust tuner will be free (says first card in device 0.00).
I will also get a "Customer-Owned Video Equipement Credit" of $2.50 for using the SiliconDust tuner.
So, that means I should be able to save $33.90 after 4/1 for the two DVR's, plus get the $2.50 for the customer video credit, making it $36.40 total savings. Well, maybe $34.95 if you count the $1.45 increase in the HD Technology Fee. Anyway, that, along with any new promo plan we can get put on, should make a dent in the ol' household budget.