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comcast service help

krazyfrost
11-28-2010, 10:17 PM
i have a comcast box that only allows me to watch my 780p hd tv in 480i. So i called comcast and told them my hdtv can't run in 780p so she said she will send me a hd box.

I dont want any hd channels i just want a hd box to connect my hdmi cable from the cable box to the tv so i can better quality cable

Will comcast charge me for the hd cable box????? also if so what are better options for me????

Sykotic
11-29-2010, 10:16 AM
Seems that your set top box doesnt decode HD signal. Some markets charge more for HD service. An HDMI connection wont make analog look any better on a digital tv.

Gary350
11-30-2010, 11:33 AM
Any time those cable companies get a chance to charge more they take advantage of it.

Get Free HDTV over the air with an antenna. Local TV stations are bending over backwards to compete with cable they are providing better programming, movie channels with NO commercials. I am receiving 8 movie channels and they are all excellent quality HD with excellent movies.

DaveJ
11-30-2010, 03:01 PM
I believe the 480i STB (analog) is a no charge, but the HD box is $8/month. The HD DVR is $9.95 for the first box and $15 for additional boxes.

If your HDTV has a tuner, you can hook the cable directly to the TV. You would then get all the UN-scrambled stations, i.e. channel 2 would be SD, but 2-1 would be digital, there may even be 2-2, etc. On my Panny LCD, I just program the tuner to display only the digital channels and skip the analog ones. No cable box needed.

If you want the scrambled stations, you will need a box.
dave

Sykotic
11-30-2010, 06:35 PM
If your local provider doesnt encrypt digital signal you only need the basic analog tier to receive all the digital unencrypted signals. Even if your only an internet customer, you can also receive digital channels through the analog filter.

sbyte1
12-02-2010, 04:29 PM
Yesterday Comcast took away almost 1/2 of the analog stations (most of the rest to follow soon). You now need a Comcast's "Digital Transport Adapter" (they provide 2 boxes free; $1.99 per box after that) to see the same stations they offered previously when connected directly to the coaxial cable. What angers me is they previously offered me the HD feed on my HD televisions from the local affiliates (on 3.1; 6.1; etc) through the coaxial cable. Now with the DTA box they won't offer those feeds (I thought they had to provide local broadcast signals...i guess the FCC loophole is they can offer 480 but not HD local broadcasts). I called Comcast and they confirmed I have to have an HD box for each TV now to view ANY HD programming. Also, your television's internal V-chip is now useless (I used if for the kids room). 32 years a customer. I'm very dissatisfied.

junk4u
12-03-2010, 02:20 AM
Yesterday Comcast took away almost 1/2 of the analog stations (most of the rest to follow soon). You now need a Comcast's "Digital Transport Adapter" (they provide 2 boxes free; $1.99 per box after that) to see the same stations they offered previously when connected directly to the coaxial cable. What angers me is they previously offered me the HD feed on my HD televisions from the local affiliates (on 3.1; 6.1; etc) through the coaxial cable. Now with the DTA box they won't offer those feeds (I thought they had to provide local broadcast signals...i guess the FCC loophole is they can offer 480 but not HD local broadcasts). I called Comcast and they confirmed I have to have an HD box for each TV now to view ANY HD programming. Also, your television's internal V-chip is now useless (I used if for the kids room). 32 years a customer. I'm very dissatisfied.

glad to here it,call up comcast and exercise your freedom of speech

DoctorCAD
12-03-2010, 07:30 AM
Split the cable and run both the box and the TV's tuner. They may still have the locals in HD sent in QAM.

DoctorCAD
12-03-2010, 07:44 AM
Split the cable and run both the box and the TV's tuner. They may still have the locals in HD sent in QAM.