Originally Posted by Dartman
Well many of us stayed with Comcast becuase we weren't forced to rent a box and could use our own QAM tuners and like that to watch and record whatever was in the clear, some in HD, now they have taken that option completely away just about.
There's only ever been just a few of you, it's never been many.
I don't have the extra money to throw away on their stupid HD boxes and things, and that's what they hoped would happen when they shut everything down. I hope they loose customers for getting too greedy myself.
You didn't lose any HD channels, only SD, the HD you got then is the same HD you can get now.
Very tempting to cancel their TV service now and look for a better alternative seeing how I can't use all the extra QAM tuners I bought and the "free" boxes they gave me suck. The 7000 wont even decode any HD channels to SD so I can at least watch them, same for any HD free on demand stuff.
Neither can your QAM tuners, nothing has changed there. Those boxes have never been meant for anything other than to replace the analog tuners in older TV's so people wouldn't lose their enhanced basic SD channels on them. Other services all require a box of some type, even if it's a computer to get video from the internet.
I don't want to have to wire in a A/B switch either to get the local HD channels, that's just stupid and another thing to try to convince you to pay extra for a HD box.
No, again, you still get the same HD channels now as you did before, how would that cause anyone to rent an HD box if they hadn't already.
While you may be upset you can no longer subscribe to basic cable and get all the enhanced channels too, most of your arguments are spurious.
Why spend money on an HDTV if all you're going to watch is SD programming?
The people that have cable and a HDTV to watch HD, have long ago gotten a HD box for the simple fact that instead of a handful of local channels, it gives them access to nearly 100 other HD channels, or they're satisfied with the local HD they have been and still can receive.