Got my Comcast HDTV hookup today. The guys (two of them) talked me into upgrading my package from the $31 "deal" I was getting to a $43 (or something like that) package. They were impressed with my front projector setup. I can't help but wonder how much better it would look if I had an XGA projector instead of my SVGA (which, I imagine is just giving me something close to the DVD 480P I'm used to, but still very nice). It looks like I got a 6200. My projector doesn't have DVI, so I'm not sure if there's any other advantage. When asked, one of the guys said that the DVR model should be out in February. I had no reason to think that he knew what he was talking about, though.
This may be slightly off-topic, but I suspect that an explanation of what sort of packages you should be able to sign up for with Comcast (in the Hartford area at least) would be helpful to a lot of people. Here's how I've interpreted it:
1) Basic (lifeline) cable w/HDTV. The Comcast reps I've spoken to insist that I need Digital cable for HDTV but several people at AVSForums claim that this should be possible. It should be about $16-18/month and would consist of analog channels 2-23 and 55-75 plus the HDTV locals and INHD (channel 381). ESPN HD would not be part of this.
2a) The "special" deal I was originally offered for about $31/month. This would be the same as #1 plus Digital Plus (which the card they gave me identifies as "Digital Classic"). This consists of channels 120-530. Some of the highlights there (at least for me) include the Encore channels, Noggin, Toon Disney, Nick Toons, Biography, History Channel International. I THINK this package also includes the digital music channels.
2b) Package #1 plus the "extended Basic" (analog) channels 24-53. These include such highlights as HGTV, MTV, Nickelodeon, ESPN, History Channel, TNT, CNN, A&E, USA, Cartoon Network, and the Sci-Fi Channel. Not sure what this would cost. It should also result in ESPN HD being added.
3) The "upgraded" package I got for about $43 plus tax. This is 2a and 2b combined.
4) Package #3 plus the "Digital Premier Pack" (according to my card) which includes TechTV, TCM, and several others. I'd like TechTV but nothing else on there jumps out at me. I don't know what this would cost.
I'm not sure what I'll end up sticking with. The "Extended Basic" additions are probably more desirable to me than the additional channels in the "Digital Plus/Classic" package, but I don't think I'd save much (if anything) from the $43 package I ended up getting. So, if we decide we need to save some money, I'll probably move all the way down to the $16-18 lifeline basic cable plus HDTV plan.