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telcodad
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join:2011-09-16
Lincroft, NJ
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reply to bohratom

Re: [HD] HD costs extra?

Well, it looks like the ability to actually purchase a cable box (albeit an old refurbished one) in the U.S. is becoming a bit more of a possibility:

ACE Plan Would Let MSOs Sell Old Set-Tops
Light Reading Cable - January 27, 2012
»www.lightreading.com/document.as···r_cable&


mikedz4

join:2003-04-14
Weirton, WV
I wonder how many people would pay $300 for a dct box? If they sold newer boxes like the ones we rent today for a price comparable to the newer tivos more people would buy them.

scanpa
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join:2006-09-06
Lebanon, PA
reply to telcodad
Now that's funny. They want to sell those old clunkers to users of Baja Broadband. And then others. LOL Comcast is working on removing these POS from there Stock, but there are so many of them still in use, it's not even funny.

$49.99 for DCT-2000 (sorry not worth $5.00)
$89.99 for DCT-2500
$299.99 for DCT-6412p3 or DCT-6416

all retail sales will include a 1 year warranty.

ROFLMAO my cell phone does more then these clunkers (Doorstops) can do.

Baja Broadband must be a very low level cable system.

GTFan

join:2004-12-03
reply to telcodad
said by telcodad:

Well, it looks like the ability to actually purchase a cable box (albeit an old refurbished one) in the U.S. is becoming a bit more of a possibility:

And then Comcast will charge you an outlet fee for the privilege, which is exactly what they're doing today in many areas for Cablecard users.
A clear violation of the new FCC rules, I might add, which state that Cablecard rates must be uniformly applied at one published rate.

Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL
reply to scanpa
Shaw has good prices for NEW boxes and RENT TO own.

»www.shaw.ca/Television/Equipment/


gar187er
I do this for a living

join:2006-06-24
Dover, DE
kudos:4
why do we care what a canadian cable co does?
--
I'm better than you!

scanpa
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join:2006-09-06
Lebanon, PA
reply to Joe12345678
said by Joe12345678:

Shaw has good prices for NEW boxes and RENT TO own.

»www.shaw.ca/Television/Equipment/

Has nothing to do with the subject

Those STB / DVR boxes are not FCC Certified for USA use.

not to mention, there OOB frequency set is different then the set we use here.


telcodad
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join:2011-09-16
Lincroft, NJ
kudos:15
reply to telcodad
said by telcodad:

Well, it looks like the ability to actually purchase a cable box (albeit an old refurbished one) in the U.S. is becoming a bit more of a possibility:

ACE Plan Would Let MSOs Sell Old Set-Tops
Light Reading Cable - January 27, 2012
»www.lightreading.com/document.as···r_cable&

As expected, from this blog article by Jeff Baumgartner on the Light Reading Cable site, the CEA has filed their objection to ACE's waiver request:

A New Battle Brews About Old Set-Tops
By Jeff Baumgartner, Light Reading Cable - February 1, 2012
»www.lightreading.com/blog.asp?bl···lr_cable

Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL
Selling DCT2000s to customers for $50 a pop is better then the carp DTA's that you have to rent and can't get the full payed for channel line up.

The Q

join:2008-06-26
Collegeville, PA
said by Joe12345678:

Selling DCT2000s to customers for $50 a pop is better then the carp DTA's that you have to rent and can't get the full payed for channel line up.

I thought comcast gave out free dtas? Mine doesn't cost me anything extra (yet). DCT 2000s are not worth $50.

dishrich

join:2006-05-12
Springfield, IL
said by The Q:

I thought comcast gave out free dtas? Mine doesn't cost me anything extra (yet).

Yea...the first TWO; the 3rd + are $2 each

DCT 2000s are not worth $50.

IF you are comparing to a stripped-down DTA, for an SDTV - YES they are!

The Q

join:2008-06-26
Collegeville, PA
I see. Points taken!

obckilroy

join:2011-11-16
reply to Joe12345678
said by Joe12345678:

the carp DTA's that you have to rent and can't get the full payed for channel line up.

DTA's don't get the premiums, but then again neither did the strait analog basic cable they replaced


telcodad
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Lincroft, NJ
kudos:15
reply to telcodad
said by telcodad:

said by telcodad:

Well, it looks like the ability to actually purchase a cable box (albeit an old refurbished one) in the U.S. is becoming a bit more of a possibility:

ACE Plan Would Let MSOs Sell Old Set-Tops
Light Reading Cable - January 27, 2012
»www.lightreading.com/document.as···r_cable&

As expected, from this blog article by Jeff Baumgartner on the Light Reading Cable site, the CEA has filed their objection to ACE's waiver request:

A New Battle Brews About Old Set-Tops
By Jeff Baumgartner, Light Reading Cable - February 1, 2012
»www.lightreading.com/blog.asp?bl···lr_cable

ACE's response to the CEA's objection to their waiver request:

ACE: Selling Old Set-Tops Won't Derail Retail
Light Reading Cable - February 7, 2012
»www.lightreading.com/document.as···r_cable&

"Adams Cable Equipment Inc. defended its Federal Communications Commission (FCC) waiver request that aims to let MSOs sell refurbished set-tops with integrated security -- something that the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is trying to stop, claiming that such a waiver would hinder efforts to create a true retail market from forming. ACE argued in a reply to the CEA's objections (»fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/···21858265) that the waiver would keep the spirit of the FCC's July 2007 mandate intact because it would give consumers a first-ever shot at buying low-cost cable set-tops via a retail channel. ACE also shot down a suggestion that the request would be limited to the 50,000 integrated security set-tops it currently has in inventory. While those boxes "would be sufficient to cover demand for some time, if ACE had the opportunity to acquire and sell more devices, that would represent a policy success for the Commission, not a threat or a failure," the company said."


telcodad
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join:2011-09-16
Lincroft, NJ
kudos:15
An item in the cable news roundup article on the Light Reading Cable site today:

"TiVo: Just Say No to Old Set-Top Sales
TiVo Inc. has joined the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny a waiver request from Adams Cable Equipment Inc. that's looking to let MSOs sell refurbished cable boxes with integrated security directly to consumers. The request "should be denied or at least significantly narrowed," TiVo told the Commission (»fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/···21858696). TiVo's chapped because the request to lift the ban on integrated security boxes, as written, would seem to let any cable operators sell all sorts of models, including high-end HD-DVRs. But TiVo is interested in knowing how many boxes Baja Broadband, a small MSO that sells some Motorola Mobility Inc. boxes in partnership with ACE, has been able to sell. ACE estimates that it has 50,000 boxes in inventory. TiVo argues that the effort "appears to be little more than a pretext for ACE to sell refurbished boxes.""