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cdru
Go Colts
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Fort Wayne, IN
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Own cable boxes

quote:
may lead to cable operators to someday let users buy their own cable boxes
They already can. It's called a Tivo with a cable card. Or one of several cable-card tuners for a HTPC.


88615298
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join:2004-07-28
West Tenness

said by cdru:

quote:
may lead to cable operators to someday let users buy their own cable boxes
They already can. It's called a Tivo with a cable card. Or one of several cable-card tuners for a HTPC.

Not the same because Tivo requires a subscription


cdru
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said by 88615298:

Not the same because Tivo requires a subscription

I'll admit that it's not completely an apples-to-apples comparison. But if/when cable boxes are ever allowed to be purchased, do you think those guides are going to update out of thin air? The cost for that service is going to either be tied into the initial price, or an add on subscription. Nothing is ever free...

ke4pym
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Charlotte, NC
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reply to 88615298

Actually,

Wasn't there an article on here in the 2009 time frame talking about how the FCC was mandating cable co's allow people to bring their own boxes (not HTPC's/Tivo type things)?

Some rule had expired in 2009 or right in that area? So, why aren't we able to buy boxes?



88615298
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join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to cdru

said by cdru:

said by 88615298:

Not the same because Tivo requires a subscription

I'll admit that it's not completely an apples-to-apples comparison. But if/when cable boxes are ever allowed to be purchased, do you think those guides are going to update out of thin air? The cost for that service is going to either be tied into the initial price, or an add on subscription. Nothing is ever free...

cable modems needs firmware updates. When you have dozens of different modems on your system that causes nothing but issues.


88615298
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join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to ke4pym

said by ke4pym:

Actually,

Wasn't there an article on here in the 2009 time frame talking about how the FCC was mandating cable co's allow people to bring their own boxes (not HTPC's/Tivo type things)?

Some rule had expired in 2009 or right in that area? So, why aren't we able to buy boxes?

Ask the retailers why they don't sell them. Anyways if you could one at Wal-Mart it be $500. I'll just pay the $5 a month to my cable company.

Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL
reply to cdru

oh canada

in canada you can buy the box and some systems even have rent to own.

And no per TV outlet or mirroring BS.


Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL
reply to 88615298

try more like $150-$200 can for HD box or $5 rent to own (36mo) vs $8-$10 end less rent in the usa.

Sd boxes $50 can or less or $3.95 mo vs $5-$8 end less rent in the usa..

HDDRV $348 can or $10 rent to own (36mo) vs $14-$16 end less rent in the usa.

Gateway & Total Home Portal

$498.00 can or $14 rent to own (36mo) vs $25 end less rent for
Gateway & 2 Total Home Portals (wow cable price) a few other US cable systems have same hardware at differnt prices.

But hear is the real rip off.

added Total Home Portals $178.00 can or $5 rent to own (36mo) or $15 end less rent (wow cable)

$15 mo for a box that costs less then $200??



88615298
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said by Joe12345678:

try more like $150-$200 can for HD box or $5 rent to own (36mo) vs $8-$10 end less rent in the usa.

Actually Charter charges $5 for ALL their boxes.

Sd boxes $50

Bullshit what are you basing these numbers on other than wishful thinking? A low end Roku cost $50 and it doesn't have ANY kind of a tuner in it.

HDDRV $348 can or $10 rent to own (36mo) vs $14-$16 end less rent in the usa.

As stated Charter charges $5 a month for HD-DVRs.


88615298
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West Tenness
reply to Joe12345678

said by Joe12345678:

oh canada

in canada you can buy the box and some systems even have rent to own.

And no per TV outlet or mirroring BS.

Yeah Canada where the cable ISPs think 40 GB a month is high cap. yeah real good place to imitate.

jimmyzshack

join:2010-01-19
Covington, LA
reply to 88615298

That is the whole reason for standards. your reason is what companies use to create MONOPOLIES.


jimmyzshack

join:2010-01-19
Covington, LA
reply to 88615298

When you used to buy directv you bought the box. The big reason they changed that is now they charge $200+$7/m etc to let you rent it to make more money.



DataRiker
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reply to 88615298

said by 88615298:

said by Joe12345678:

oh canada

in canada you can buy the box and some systems even have rent to own.

And no per TV outlet or mirroring BS.

Yeah Canada where the cable ISPs think 40 GB a month is high cap. yeah real good place to imitate.

I'll take a 40GB cap if it gets me Health Care.

kevinds
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Calgary, AB
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reply to 88615298

Bullshit what are you basing these numbers on other than wishful thinking? A low end Roku cost $50 and it doesn't have ANY kind of a tuner in it.

»shaw.ca/Television/Equipment/
SD Only $48
HDPVR $348

@BF69
I'm happy with my 1TB/month cap
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Yes, I am not employed and looking for IT work. Have passport, will travel.


88615298
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said by kevinds:

Bullshit what are you basing these numbers on other than wishful thinking? A low end Roku cost $50 and it doesn't have ANY kind of a tuner in it.

»shaw.ca/Television/Equipment/
SD Only $48
HDPVR $348

@BF69
I'm happy with my 1TB/month cap

Awesome now show me some AMERICAN pricing since that's what we are talking about. No one cares about Canada.

kevinds
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It is hard enough trying to find a cable provider that allows you to buy them... There is no pricing available for products not for sale, but that does not change the price of the products, any company will not sell something at a loss.

Drive the 60-100 miles and go to Best Buy.
US and Canadian prices are not that far apart, but US pricing is usually cheaper, and the US cable companies are much bigger, so the quantity discount will be higher.
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Telco

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said by 88615298:

No one cares about Canada.

Being from Tennessee, surely you see the irony in this bold statement.

Lots of us care (analyze) what the rest of the world does. Also why we do not live in a bubble (i.e under a rock) and blindly vote Republican.