Originally Posted by Colloquor
As soon as I received the letter from Comcast informing me of the "end date" for the digital migration in our service area, I ordered the "free" STB (a decade old Motorola DCT2000-series), and 2 ea. "free" DTAs.
I'd wait until December 15 or so until the Comfat lady sings!
Ever wonder why you have to "activate" a box they give you free that only has crappy output quality? (Interestingly, according to Bicker1, DTAs only deal with privacy, they don't decrypt. WTH!)
Here's my recurring dream
A Swedish friend of mine in the Witness Protection Program tells me that Comcast's warning letters are part of a 2-Stage Viewer Capture Program (VCP). It was designed by Comcast's head marketer, Rudy Johansson, who is a native of Stockholm, Sweden.
Stage 1 is designed to make you an angry but helpless captive, and Stage 2 is designed to convert you to a WILLING PARTICIPANT in your captivity along the lines of Rudy's first professional program, the Stockholm Syndrome Project.
In Stage 1, they announce that people will be losing their old, comfortable TV at a specified date in the future. This gives them X months to capture your imagination and play some NEW "cable games" that the digital transition laid in their lap.
Stage 1 starts when they send out their Capture letters. Then, to engender the utmost fear, they don't wait for their own stated date, they start deleting the analogs and "scrambling" (privatizing?) most of the existing digitals immediately. No one will question WTH the "specified date" in the letter was the date all about!?
Abject fear will drive people to Comcrappy boxes prematurely… they KNOW most people don't want to "lose their TV" for even a day, but they're ALREADY losing it! They also know that people who start using them won't like those boxes and will quickly want to order the cableco's "real" higher-quality fee-based
boxes... not just because of their Comcrappy quality, but also because it makes timer-recording multiple channels to a non-fee-based
recorder more difficult and could easily force people to one of their fee-based
DVRs... the cableco "holy grail."
Stage 2 now starts where people grumble and groan but decide there's no escape from the ever-crueler captivity and eventual doom. Many people quickly relent and try the Comcrappy boxes and actually "activate" them, signaling the initial success of Stage 2: converting people to WILLING PARTICIPANTS IN THEIR CAPTIVITY. These people are now proudly listed in Comcast records as Rudy's Premature Ejaculators (RPE).
Most RPE have above-average TV equipment and value quality, so they even begin to order fee-based DVRs and upgrade their service, well before the dreaded "full-captivity" date... they've now become CONFIRMED RPEs, or CRPEs, and fully invested in their own captivity!
Comcast marketeers will be able to start counting the CRPEs as "enhanced billing units" and be assured that more will come ("they'll be back!").
On the other hand, those with patience will see a completely new channel alignment with clear-QAM digital channels and the old analogs also on digital channels… AFTER THE 'SPECIFIED" FULL-CAPTIVITY DATE OF COURSE!
On the other hand, CRPEs will not even LOOK for anything different due to their Stockholm Syndrome, which convinces them that Comcast is a nice company that's doing everything they can tp enhance their viewing experience.
My confidential source was not certain on this, and he's got to be careful cuz he thinks there might be a "snitch" in his Witness Protection Force, but he thinks they've been trapping the PEs during the run-up period to seal the deal, i.e., make sure they won't be able to find the moved analogs later, like the day after the cut-off date? Nah, they wouldn't be that
Of course, some people will HAVE to activate because they can't afford a new TV or upgraded digital service but, still, even they
don't have to do that until the Comfat lady sings! Those people will be served well by the free Comcrappy boxes that de-privatize the digitals so they can use the DTA like their TV tuner, so not much changed for them… and the FCC is happy because lots of low- or fixed-income people aren't complaining.
Analog programs on digital channels are no big deal to a cableco,.. I've got some on digital channels now, and many people being charged more for a "digital" pkg are actually getting analog programs and the channels register as analog in their Tivos. And, after all, they just said people would "lose" their analog channels, but they're
certainly not gonna tell you where to find them!.
Hey, I'd make a good Comcast strategizer/marketeer... maybe head of Rudy's Captivity Retention and Augemtation Program (CRAP)!?
It's hard to remember a dream
accurately, but I think this covers it pretty well. Now, if only this dream scenario comes true!