Originally Posted by Ratman
If they were to provide a digital cable box and HBO without any additional fee (box, digital tier, etc.) it would not be as disappointing.
Originally Posted by Rammitinski
And 15 bucks more, or whatever the lowest digital tier and box rental will cost, is not exactly a drop in the bucket to many people either.
There is no need to get the 'Digital' service (with box is $12 minimum) to get a Multi-plexed Digital Premium.
Read your Local Comcast Prices/Services Sheet and FCC Regs.
The FCC's 'Tier-Buy Through Prohibition' applies to Single-channel and Multi-plexed Services.
One can get Basic (Locals) and a Premium.
And Comcast's List doesn't say anything in defiance of this reg.
So, in order to get a Digital Premium one would need a Digital Box for $3.95 (and if you don't have a universal remote already, it is $0.20 more).
Now, I can understand, the more TVs one has the more cost prohibitive it becomes.
And, I do understand boxes can problematic to accomodate.
But, there is another option, if one has Basic and Expanded, together called Standard, one can upgrade to Digital Starter for $1, this adds a Digital Box with all of its benefits to Standard.
(Like another person said, Multi-Plexed Premiums, Guide, Music, OD, and PPV.)
Now, I would guess that addtl. TVs would still need to pay $3.95 or $4.15 each.
People have been poorly informed in some areas about this.
Here, I was told they call and/or write to subs and offer them all of the options.
Here, they dropped Starz from Analog (no Box) in Fall '04 and Cinemax from Analog (Box) in Spring '05.
Now, they just dropped HBO and SHO/TMC from Analog (no Box).
Technology moves forward, and all that is needed here is a very small Motorola DCT-700.