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Old 05-08-2008, 08:27 PM   #1
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Okay, well i haven't really been checking my bill lately, and noticed yesterday that it was over 200 bucks! This was mainly because i have 2 DVR HD Boxes(15/mo/pc) and 3 regular digital boxes(10/mo/pc). And add 10 bucks for the HD service, im riding about 70 dollars there.
Finally, add the 130 for the triple play package, and thats 200!

Now, here's my question.
Can I buy one regular digital box, and split the signal to the other tv's in the house? I wouldn't mind running all of the wires. The problem is the splitters i buy can only split basic cable. Is there a splitter that can split digital cable to multiple tv's through just one box?

I believe that this 10 for one digital box a month is such bullshit, and i would actually prefer just buying the damn box for $100, but Comcast says they are only for rent.

Is it possible or what?
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Old 05-09-2008, 07:28 AM   #2
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Okay, well i haven't really been checking my bill lately, and noticed yesterday that it was over 200 bucks! This was mainly because i have 2 DVR HD Boxes(15/mo/pc) and 3 regular digital boxes(10/mo/pc). And add 10 bucks for the HD service, im riding about 70 dollars there.
Finally, add the 130 for the triple play package, and thats 200!

Now, here's my question.
Can I buy one regular digital box, and split the signal to the other tv's in the house? I wouldn't mind running all of the wires. The problem is the splitters i buy can only split basic cable. Is there a splitter that can split digital cable to multiple tv's through just one box?

I believe that this 10 for one digital box a month is such bullshit, and i would actually prefer just buying the damn box for $100, but Comcast says they are only for rent.

Is it possible or what?

Wow, that's an expensive bill. What area of the country do you live in? Here in the Chicago market, Comcast charges $11 for each HDDVR and $5 for each digital box. There is no extra charge for HD. But to answer your question, no you can't buy a digital box. You can split the signal. However, will the 3 TV's that you want to feed with just the coax be able to receive the digital channels? Or are they older analog TV's? Here is an example of a splitter that would work.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0018MEHAI?...0&linkCode=asn

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Old 05-09-2008, 08:30 AM   #3
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You CANNOT buy the boxes. They are not sold to the public. The ones on ebay are "failure to returns" or stolen. The cable company will not activate them.

You pay about what I was paying here with both Comcast and Knology. HD/DVRs are $13 each here PLUS a $7 box fee. Each DVR is $10 and HD only units are $5. The $7 box fee is added to all addition boxes over the one included one in addition to the HD/DVR service fee PER BOX.

It does add up doesn't it, when you have more than a couple (I had 2 HD/DVRs and 5 more digital).

Any good splitter rated 5-1000 will work but like I said, you cannot buy a box. You may be able to rent fewer ones if you are willing to split the signal to other tvs - but all of them would have to watch the same channel at the same time (unless you do analog only on some).

I ended up going to DirecTV. With all the boxes I have, I ended up paying to same as cable but was able to move up to 4 HD/DVRs, a SD DVR and 2 basic boxes. While I did not save money, I got more bang for my buck and more HD to boot.
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Wow, that's an expensive bill. What area of the country do you live in? Here in the Chicago market, Comcast charges $11 for each HDDVR and $5 for each digital box. There is no extra charge for HD. But to answer your question, no you can't buy a digital box. You can split the signal. However, will the 3 TV's that you want to feed with just the coax be able to receive the digital channels? Or are they older analog TV's? Here is an example of a splitter that would work.


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So, this product will work with what im trying to do, but i just need a tv to support it?
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