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jvanbrecht

join:2007-01-08
Bowie, MD
reply to castsucks

Re: I hope the lawsuit over being forced to rent the box does no

Thing is, you are not being forced to rent cable boxes. Well some people may be, but atleast in the DC Metro area, you have the option for cable card, they just do not advertise it, you have to ask, and argue for it. With directv, well you can already buy the equipment.

CMoore2004
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join:2003-02-06
Jonesville, MI
With DirecTV you might be able to go to Best Buy and pay money for a receiver, but technically you're just leasing or renting it after you walk out the door. When checking out, you even have to sign something saying you understand that, and if you cancel your service, you are required to send it back.


castsucks

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reply to jvanbrecht
still forced to rent the $50-$100 cable card


fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
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said by castsucks :

still forced to rent the $50-$100 cable card
Not really. Some cable companies allow you to buy them.

rendrenner

join:2005-09-03
Grandville, MI
reply to castsucks
uhhh no. First cable card in a device is free

NGOwner

join:2000-11-21
Leawood, KS

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Cable card costs vary depending on system.

Here in KC, each card costs $1.75/mo each. I have three, one in a TV, and one in each of two TivoHDs.

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Morac
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join:2001-08-30
Riverside, NJ
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reply to castsucks
said by castsucks :

still forced to rent the $50-$100 cable card
By FCC regulation, cable cards are supposed to be offered at a nominal fee. Most cable companies will give you at least one for free with addition ones being a few dollars a month.

If you are being charge $50 to $100 then I'd complain to the FCC.
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rendrenner

join:2005-09-03
Grandville, MI
reply to NGOwner
interesting. I though most systems gave the first for free and only charged for the 2nd card in the same device. Usually would only apply to Tivo's using the single stream cards.


Morac
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said by rendrenner:

interesting. I though most systems gave the first for free and only charged for the 2nd card in the same device. Usually would only apply to Tivo's using the single stream cards.
Most do, though some will throw in additional outlet fees for additional devices. Overall though cableCARDs should be cheaper than renting a cable box.

The main problem is that many cable companies charge for installation of cableCARDs which is nearly a do it yourself process. I'm seen numbers as high as $100 a card.

The hardest part of installing a cableCARD is making sure it's paired which involves reading a bunch of letter and numbers to someone on the phone.

Cable companies could implement a system where the user could pick up the cards at the local office and then enter the pairing info on a web site or something which would negate the need for an installation fee. Some have done this already.
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