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telcodad

join:2011-09-16
Lincroft, NJ
kudos:5
reply to chewch99

Re: [DTA] Comcast has begun deploying HD DTAs

said by chewch99:

Seems prices are staying the same as SD DTA's, although you will need the HD channel subscription for 9.95.
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For basic only customers they will not need the HD Channel subscription (But they will if they subscribe to any premium channels).

I guess that makes sense, as when Comcast starts encrypting the Limited Basic channels, any basic-only customers without STBs, using only the Clear QAM tuners in their HDTVs, would lose all HD channels. With these HD-DTAs, they can get the basic HD channels once again.


camper
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said by telcodad:

... With these HD-DTAs, they can get the basic HD channels once again.

 
Sadly, that means that the FCC is implicitly involved in Comcast's charging me for channels that I used to get, without charge as a part of my subscription, over ClearQAM. At best, it looks like a thinly-veiled price increase to me.

What FCC commissioner is Comcast going to hire for a cushy job in return for this favor?

I have to wonder what that means for things like NHK's excellent Newsline channel that I receive over ClearQAM but is not on the encrypted channel STB offerings.


telcodad

join:2011-09-16
Lincroft, NJ
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said by camper:

Sadly, that means that the FCC is implicitly involved in Comcast's charging me for channels that I used to get, without charge as a part of my subscription, over ClearQAM. At best, it looks like a thinly-veiled price increase to me.

See:
Cable subscribers are about to get a sneaky fee
By Herb Weisbaum, NBC News - December 9, 2012
»www.nbcnews.com/business/cable-s···C7476067


mikedz4

join:2003-04-14
Weirton, WV
reply to camper

it's going to force some customers to go to antenna. In some instances you actually get MORE channels with an antenna than with cable.


heymang

join:2008-07-03
reply to telcodad

said by telcodad:

I guess that makes sense, as when Comcast starts encrypting the Limited Basic channels, any basic-only customers without STBs, using only the Clear QAM tuners in their HDTVs, would lose all HD channels. With these HD-DTAs, they can get the basic HD channels once again.

Someone mentioned these HD DTAs will likely block ALL HD channels including the basic channels unless you pay the HD tech fee.

For a limited basic customer with an hdtv, it seems strange to pay Comcast for TV service and not receive the locals networks in HD when you get get those channels in HD OTA for free. A limited basic customer would need to pay the HD fee to get the basic channels in HD doesn't sound right.

Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

limited basic uses can get FULL HD boxes and HD for a much lower HD fee.



telcodad

join:2011-09-16
Lincroft, NJ
kudos:5
reply to heymang

said by heymang:

said by telcodad:

I guess that makes sense, as when Comcast starts encrypting the Limited Basic channels, any basic-only customers without STBs, using only the Clear QAM tuners in their HDTVs, would lose all HD channels. With these HD-DTAs, they can get the basic HD channels once again.

Someone mentioned these HD DTAs will likely block ALL HD channels including the basic channels unless you pay the HD tech fee.

Yes, that was me in this thread: »Re: [DTA] Are DTA boxes with HD coming out any time soon?

said by heymang:

For a limited basic customer with an hdtv, it seems strange to pay Comcast for TV service and not receive the locals networks in HD when you get get those channels in HD OTA for free. A limited basic customer would need to pay the HD fee to get the basic channels in HD doesn't sound right.

In a few posts above, chewch99 See Profile had said that a Limited Basic customer wouldn't have to pay the HD fee just to get the basic channels in HD with an HD-DTA: »Re: [DTA] Comcast has begun deploying HD DTAs