Originally Posted by QZ1
Many people are not going to take to kindly to Expd. service requiring a Digital STB.
First, is the price. Are they going to make people pay $5 per STB?
IIRC, one area was giving up to three for free, and then a discounted rate for more. But how long can they lose $ on STBs. Maybe, that is why they just recently raised Expd's price a higher % than ever, here, in anticipation of this.
Second, is ease of use. Heck, even for me, I didn't find their remote good, having to change modes, and the layout, so I had to buy a universal remote to make use of everything seemless.
Third, is space. Some rooms can't accomodate an STB, especially a kitchen, worse yet, if one has an LCD there, because it can't be stacked.
Even within a service area, there would have to be a staggered rollout to accomodate everyone. In fact, unless they can convert part of a system, they will simply make some people get Digital STBs artificially early.
Look, I am all for it, but I just wish there had been Digital Cable Ready TVs at retail for a few years, already.
As a side note, where are the HD CableCard STBs for sale? They have been delayed for a year, already.
Maybe we will see SD CC STBs? I tend to doubt it, though, but who knows.