Originally Posted by u20v00a
I'm an internet only customer, but sometimes watch the news on broadcast TV through clear QAM. My understanding is that cable companies are required to carry broadcast channels via clear QAM without the need for consumers to purchase additional equipment. Given TWC's history with creeping modem rental fees ($4 to $6 to probably $8 next year), a digital adapter that is free through January 2015 then $1 after means it will cost much more than that in just a few years. I'd like to find a solution to head off the fee increases ahead of time. Even for those who rent a cable box and use clear QAM for a second (bedroom TV), you're looking at a backdoor price increase. One option is an antenna, but I want to see what else is available.
As an internet-only customer, you are not entitled--legally or otherwise--to receive Clear QAM channels over the cable line. You were benefiting from TWC's negligence in failing to trap out the TV frequencies on your line. If you request a digital adapter from TWC, you will be required to subscribe to the Broadcast Basic package at a rate of $20/mo for 12 months, and you will also have to pay full price for the digital adapter, which is about $5 per month (the free digital adapter is only for those who were subscribing to broadcast basic at the time of the switch to encrypted basic.)
As of now, your best bet is simply to throw up an antenna, or possibly subscribe to Aereo.Edited by UnnDunn - 8/27/13 at 4:25pm