I'm not sure about all Comcast systems, but until just recently, actually effective May 1st, Comcast in the SF bay area is no longer charging an Additional Outlet fee for those subs that have 2 or more HD boxes. It's unclear at this point how this might relate to CableCARD installs. Below is the comment from the Comcast California VP of Communications. I mention it here as in Hardcore Legend's case he may incur that Additional Outlet fee, if his Comcast area is not following the lead set by the SF bay area systems. I myself have 2 TiVos and do not have an AO charge, both are equipped with CCs(S3 and a HD). When I recently added a Comcast Moto DVR there was an AO charge added to the account, when returned, it was removed. Per the below I wouldn't be charged the AO if I rented the Comcast DVR again after May 1st. It's worth checking into, especially for those of you that are currently paying those AO charges as they can really add up at $7.50 a pop.
Topic: Reduction in HD Prices for Customers with Two or More Outlets/Rooms using Comcast's HD Boxes.
We'll be lowering the monthly price to our existing Comcast customers who have two or more HD sets in their home and use our set-top boxes.
Today, customers pay an Additional Outlet Fee and a Advanced Set Top Box Fee when requesting additional HD services (ex: $7.50 Digital Additional Outlet Fee + $15.95 HD DVR Fee = $23.45).
By May 1st the additional outlet pricing structure will be simplified by combining the two fees to one low price (to be called the HD Technology Fee) and for those customers with HD in two or more rooms their monthly price will be reduced by $7.50 per month, per HD outlet.
So a customer with a total of three HD sets in their home using Comcast equipment, would see their bill reduced by a total of $15 a month, ($180 a year) to reflect the price reduction for their two additional HD rooms.
Please remember that this price change only impacts those customers with more than one HD box. The monthly price to those customers with only one HD box will not change.
I'm sure you are wondering if an existing customer with HD service can take advantage of the new HD Technology Fee and additional outlet pricing on their existing outlets as well any new ones they want to add prior to May 1?
Yes, if an upgrading or existing customer wants HD service on additional outlets and they already have HD service on existing outlets we will add the new HD service codes as well as change the existing HD service codes on their account. So If an existing customer wants their advanced equipment charges ($7.50) removed prior to May 1 our CAE's will honor the request and remove the old HD service codes and replace them with the new codes.
Again, this is specific to SF bay area systems, it may or may not apply to other Comcast systems across the country, check with your local office.