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Bayshun1

@comcast.net

Is the HD fee a box fee or a service fee?

If I get HD service am I paying $10 a month for the HD service it's self or just the rental of the box? I am asking because I currently have SD service and am considering switching my box for a cable card. If I put the cable card into my own DVR with HDMI out will I still have to pay the $10 a month?


Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

you may have to pay a HD cable card fee / HD fee with a cable card box to get the HD channels.

Some people have gotten HD with a cable card and no HD fee.


dishrich

join:2006-05-12
Springfield, IL
reply to Bayshun1

said by Bayshun1 :

If I get HD service am I paying $10 a month for the HD service it's self or just the rental of the box? I am asking because I currently have SD service and am considering switching my box for a cable card.

Putting the CC issue aside to answer your 1st question, paying the $10 HD fee DOES include an HD box on your primary (1st) outlet anyway. And, if you have have additional outlets (boxes), they also include an HD box as well.


rjk

@comcast.net

Still not clear. If you have no Comcast boxes (just tivo) do you still pay the HD technology fee?



Caddyroger
Premium
join:2001-06-11
To the west

said by rjk :

Still not clear. If you have no Comcast boxes (just tivo) do you still pay the HD technology fee?

Yes in most markets.
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HerronScott

join:2004-12-23
Staunton, VA

My understanding is that the HD technology fee was only required if you were using Comcast's equipment.

Scott



Caddyroger
Premium
join:2001-06-11
To the west
Reviews:
·Comcast

said by HerronScott:

My understanding is that the HD technology fee was only required if you were using Comcast's equipment.

Scott

I believe that is for the locals. The only thing the cable card does is tell the tivo what channels that allowed. The HD service has to be turned on for you to get HD programming
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HerronScott

join:2004-12-23
Staunton, VA

Not with our local franchise. I get all the HD channels with no HD technology fee (2 Tivo's with CableCards).

Scott



Caddyroger
Premium
join:2001-06-11
To the west
Reviews:
·Comcast

said by HerronScott:

Not with our local franchise. I get all the HD channels with no HD technology fee (2 Tivo's with CableCards).

Scott

You will not get HD programming here unless you pay for it.
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HerronScott

join:2004-12-23
Staunton, VA

Comes with our Digitial Preferred package and we've always received HD for the past 6 years that we've had our Tivo's and CableCARDS. Again we've never had an HD technology fee in this area although they did add it to the last rate schedule but I'm not being charged for it (and neither is my brother).

There's been a lot of discussion on the HD technology fee in the TiVo forums and the general concensus and feedback from Comcast in most franchises has been that it's only for where you have Comcast HD equipment (DVR, converter etc). I'm not positive that is consistently applied though across franchises so YMMV.

Scott


grantsa4

join:2007-08-15
Naperville, IL

Can anyone in IL with a Tivo and Cable Card comment on if they are paying an HD tech fee?


tivoboy

join:2004-05-10
Menlo Park, CA
reply to Bayshun1

I'm wondering the same thing myself. Tivo only, cable card fee paid, HD fee too?


jlobb2

join:2013-03-28
Romeoville, IL
reply to grantsa4

I'm in Romeoville and use a cablecard only(with a Ceton InfiniTV 4 tuner) and get the HD channels in my package. If you look at the channel lineup, it shows the hd channels as being included with the package you subscribe to.

Here is the link for channel lineup in my area at least.

»www.comcast.com/Clu/ChannelLineUp



rjk

@comcast.net

That is a very good point. If you pay for a package that includes HD channels, you should not have to pay an additional fee to receive them with your won equipment.



mikedz4

join:2003-04-14
Weirton, WV
reply to Bayshun1

yeah everyone in my area is getting hit with the hd technology fee. My family was complaining to me about it at easter. Asking me why they have this new technology fee.


radiocolin

join:2013-01-29
reply to Bayshun1

The $10 is a technology fee, and includes one box. Additional boxes are an additional $10/ea.

Using a cable card and no boxes will get you roughly $2 off that $10.



mikedz4

join:2003-04-14
Weirton, WV

My family members are telling me they are seeing two service fees on their bills when they NEVER had the fees before.



halfband
Premium
join:2002-06-01
Huntsville, AL

You should not see two HD technology fees. A single fee covers all outlets/boxes in the home.
Is it possible they also picked up an additional outlet fee? Or one of the other new fees that have been added for DTAs etc?
Comcast has added a substantial number of fees recently (and then runs a commercial accusing the phone company of nickle and dime fees for customers)
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wadewood
Premium
join:2003-05-04
Houston, TX
reply to Bayshun1

I'm in Houston, TX market. I have just a cable card (use with a Silicon Dust Tuner) and I'm NOT charged a HD tech fee. And yes, I get all the HD channels.


radiocolin

join:2013-01-29
reply to halfband

They've basically done some slight of hand to make the result the same.

It used to be you were charged an HD technology fee of $9.95 for each HD box.

Now you only have to pay 1 technology fee, but they also charge you $9.95 for each additional box.

So, they changed everything and nothing.


TurboDan

join:2006-06-08
Lavallette, NJ
reply to Bayshun1

This is one of the sleazier fees out there. They may as well charge a "color TV fee."

It's really only a matter of time before they nickel and dime themselves out of existence.


aabaaf

join:2011-12-09
Lombard, IL
reply to Bayshun1

It is a slight of hand, because if you have a package, such as HD Preferred, or anything mentioning HD, the "FEE" is already included in the package price, it is not a separate line item. Yes, it does include allowing you to see channels in HD, and 1 HD converter/DVR. Any additional boxes are extra, but are covered by the HD FEE that is part of your package price. This is for TIVO, and those using COMCAST equipment. If your package does not mention HD, then it may be a grandfathered package, so for the time being you are not paying it. But once you change for more channels, or a price, you will be paying it, either as a line item, or as part of your package price.


lancguy

join:2012-03-25
Lancaster, PA
reply to Bayshun1

When I first started working for comcast, you had to have an hd technology fee, in addition to the rental fee for the box. About 4 years ago, they changed it so that the hd technology fee was removed and combined with the box fee. Last year, they then broke the technology fee out and made it an account level service fee. If you are in an hd tripple play then you do not have to have the additional service fee. If you are not, you will need to have the techonolgy fee added. In this case, your first hd box is 0 cost and your hd dvr is around 9$ depending on your market. HD techonolgy fee needs to be added in most PA markets. They just like to make things complicated.