As a Basic cable subscriber, I have been paying less than ten bucks for Comcast TV to deliver the “over-the_air” channels along with the hi-speed internet.
Then the FCC got involved last year and granted Comcast the right to encrypt the BASIC channels (the same channels that are delivered over the air, unencrypted). Why would Comcast want to do that? Answer, to force you to accept cable adapters on each house TV or other device (DTA’s) which though a short grace period (as short as six months in some areas and as long as two years in others) eventually all DTA’s will be added to the monthly bill. After an initial period the monthly charge will be small (but larger than “didn’t pay anything before now”) as Comcast’s webpage says;
Local market pricing will apply after the two year period.
My research on the web indicates that that market price will be $9.95/month. In my house (including the DVR) I’d need four devices, bringing my monthly bill for Basic cable from $10/month to $50/month. And the signal through the DTA is not HD, but SD.
So, I’m buying a antenna.
There was an article this week from Reuters, Comcast lost 20,000 (168,000 for quarter)TV subscribers. The writer was mystified as to the reason. Hello!
Update: The antenna…
Results, twice as many local channels than Comcast Basic.
I sent the unwanted adapters back to Comcast. The result was they sent me back a notice that they were canceling my TV Basic subscription and since my Internet service was priced with a multi-product discount they were increasing the price of my Internet so after removing TV the monthly bill goes up $5.
Buy an Antenna. Plot vengeance.