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Comcast Digital Economy

RUsum1 9,544 1,696 December 21, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I was on the phone with Comcast trying to get a new promo. The guy mentioned a bundle of Blast Internet and Digital Economy for essentially $45 for a year (Currently have Blast for a $29.99 promo and he mentioned adding Digital Economy TV would only add $15 to my bill and that's good for a year).

I asked what channels are included and he said there are about 50 channels including Discovery, TBS, TNT, and USA (so this is not just another term for Limited Basic which seems like a waste to me) along with 45 music stations. I then specifically asked about Disney Channel (for Phineas and Ferb of course) and ESPN (PTI and ATH) which he said are also included in that package. I told him I would have to go home and look at more info before making a choice because frankly that sounds like much too good of a deal to me if all of those stations are actually included. The only problem is I can't find anything about Digital Economy TV on the website.

Can someone help me find the full channel lineup for Digital Economy please. I just want to make sure he wasn't reading the list of channels from Digital Starter or something.

edit: In case it matters, my location is Charleston South Carolina. I know they say available channels vary by region.

edit 2: I did manage to find this link to a PDF [comcast.com] but it looks like it's specifically for Ann Arbor area.

If I get Digital Economy and then a HDHomerun Prime, would I automatically get HD channels because of the card that I would put into the Prime? Or would my TV package need to specifically have HD as part of it? I just don't know if HD is included in every plan as long as you have their box which they normally charge extra for.

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I was on the phone with Comcast trying to get a new promo. The guy mentioned a bundle of Blast Internet and Digital Economy for essentially $45 for a year (Currently have Blast for a $29.99 promo and he mentioned adding Digital Economy TV would only add $15 to my bill and that's good for a year).

I asked what channels are included and he said there are about 50 channels including Discovery, TBS, TNT, and USA (so this is not just another term for Limited Basic which seems like a waste to me) along with 45 music stations. I then specifically asked about Disney Channel (for Phineas and Ferb of course) and ESPN (PTI and ATH) which he said are also included in that package. I told him I would have to go home and look at more info before making a choice because frankly that sounds like much too good of a deal to me if all of those stations are actually included. The only problem is I can't find anything about Digital Economy TV on the website.

Can someone help me find the full channel lineup for Digital Economy please. I just want to make sure he wasn't reading the list of channels from Digital Starter or something.

edit: In case it matters, my location is Charleston South Carolina. I know they say available channels vary by region.

edit 2: I did manage to find this link to a PDF [comcast.com] but it looks like it's specifically for Ann Arbor area.

If I get Digital Economy and then a HDHomerun Prime, would I automatically get HD channels because of the card that I would put into the Prime? Or would my TV package need to specifically have HD as part of it? I just don't know if HD is included in every plan as long as you have their box which they normally charge extra for.
That sounds like their basic cable plan (2-80), my parents have this and do get espn and Disney. As for the HDHomerun I cant say because they use cable boxes which are not HD.
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That sounds like their basic cable plan (2-80), my parents have this and do get espn and Disney. As for the HDHomerun I cant say because they use cable boxes which are not HD.
If you look at the PDF they have a section for Standard Basic as well as a section toward the bottom of the second page for Digital Economy. I don't see ESPN, TBS, or TNT though, but am hoping that a list for my area might be different.

The fact that Digital Economy lists Comedy Central, Disney, Discovery, A&E, Cartoon Network, and USA is actually kind of impressive for $15 though. I would think that if it includes Disney, it would include ESPN since Disney owns ESPN...

If you ever feel like it, see if you can contact Comcast and simply ask them if all they need to get HD channels is an HD box or if they need to upgrade their plan to one that includes HD.
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If you look at the PDF they have a section for Standard Basic as well as a section toward the bottom of the second page for Digital Economy. I don't see ESPN, TBS, or TNT though, but am hoping that a list for my area might be different.

The fact that Digital Economy lists Comedy Central, Disney, Discovery, A&E, Cartoon Network, and USA is actually kind of impressive for $15 though. I would think that if it includes Disney, it would include ESPN since Disney owns ESPN...

If you ever feel like it, see if you can contact Comcast and simply ask them if all they need to get HD channels is an HD box or if they need to upgrade their plan to one that includes HD.
I was thinking of taking it to the local office and see if I can exchange it for something newer saying they are having issues with it.. but they dont care enough to make it worth my time.
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I was on the phone with Comcast trying to get a new promo. The guy mentioned a bundle of Blast Internet and Digital Economy for essentially $45 for a year (Currently have Blast for a $29.99 promo and he mentioned adding Digital Economy TV would only add $15 to my bill and that's good for a year).

I asked what channels are included and he said there are about 50 channels including Discovery, TBS, TNT, and USA (so this is not just another term for Limited Basic which seems like a waste to me) along with 45 music stations. I then specifically asked about Disney Channel (for Phineas and Ferb of course) and ESPN (PTI and ATH) which he said are also included in that package. I told him I would have to go home and look at more info before making a choice because frankly that sounds like much too good of a deal to me if all of those stations are actually included. The only problem is I can't find anything about Digital Economy TV on the website.

Can someone help me find the full channel lineup for Digital Economy please. I just want to make sure he wasn't reading the list of channels from Digital Starter or something.

edit: In case it matters, my location is Charleston South Carolina. I know they say available channels vary by region.

edit 2: I did manage to find this link to a PDF [comcast.com] but it looks like it's specifically for Ann Arbor area.

If I get Digital Economy and then a HDHomerun Prime, would I automatically get HD channels because of the card that I would put into the Prime? Or would my TV package need to specifically have HD as part of it? I just don't know if HD is included in every plan as long as you have their box which they normally charge extra for.
A few things...

Digital Economy tv does exist. It's get fewer channels than digital basic, but it does have a lot of popular channels. I can't remember the channels that they deleted. I think you may only get 1 or 2 ESPNs and you don't get all of the discovery network channels (discovery, history, animal planet, etc) though I can't remember which. I feel like it doesn't have Bravo (because that's why my wife nixed us getting it once upon a time).

The catch: Digital Economy TV requires you to pay extra for each TV hookup. At least in the past, other packages would come with a free box and a few free DTAs. However, if you have a HDHRP, they may give you a CableCard. I'm not sure here. I remember looking at Economy TV and calculating that it'd actually cost MORE than digital starter after hooking up 2 or 3 tvs.

Finally, people HAVE reported that using a CableCard PC tuner allowed them to view HD channels without subscribing to HD content. That's absolutely possible, as Comcast may be too lazy to "shut off" HD service and instead simply charge people extra money to use an HD box or HD-DVR. YMMV though.
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A few things...

Digital Economy tv does exist. It's get fewer channels than digital basic, but it does have a lot of popular channels. I can't remember the channels that they deleted. I think you may only get 1 or 2 ESPNs and you don't get all of the discovery network channels (discovery, history, animal planet, etc) though I can't remember which. I feel like it doesn't have Bravo (because that's why my wife nixed us getting it once upon a time).

The catch: Digital Economy TV requires you to pay extra for each TV hookup. At least in the past, other packages would come with a free box and a few free DTAs. However, if you have a HDHRP, they may give you a CableCard. I'm not sure here. I remember looking at Economy TV and calculating that it'd actually cost MORE than digital starter after hooking up 2 or 3 tvs.

Finally, people HAVE reported that using a CableCard PC tuner allowed them to view HD channels without subscribing to HD content. That's absolutely possible, as Comcast may be too lazy to "shut off" HD service and instead simply charge people extra money to use an HD box or HD-DVR. YMMV though.
Thank you for the response. Now if only I could find an actual list from Comcast to know exactly what channels are included. If it really is only $15 more per month, I think I will finally start paying for cable. I want to record Phineas and Ferb in HD to encode and keep on my computer. And then I can finally start watching Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn instead of listening to the podcasts in the morning.
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Thank you for the response. Now if only I could find an actual list from Comcast to know exactly what channels are included. If it really is only $15 more per month, I think I will finally start paying for cable. I want to record Phineas and Ferb in HD to encode and keep on my computer. And then I can finally start watching Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn instead of listening to the podcasts in the morning.
check out the channel lists for other cities, since you said you found them. There likely won't be local variations other than what your local networks (abc, nbc, etc) are. If you can find channel listings for a few different cities, anything that's listed multiple times while almost surely be in your listing. Here's one listing. [comcast.com]

I don't see ESPN, though. Maybe my memory is faulty about its inclusion. Why don't you just call up or chat with customer support?
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check out the channel lists for other cities, since you said you found them. There likely won't be local variations other than what your local networks (abc, nbc, etc) are. If you can find channel listings for a few different cities, anything that's listed multiple times while almost surely be in your listing. Here's one listing. [comcast.com]

I don't see ESPN, though. Maybe my memory is faulty about its inclusion. Why don't you just call up or chat with customer support?
I tried customer support already. I was on a call with them about Internet when the guy told me about Digital Economy. That guy is the one who mentioned all of stations I mentioned above and mentioned ESPN when I specifically asked about it. Then when I was doing online chat to verify, he couldn't find a list and did a copy/paste of Limited Basic stations and tried to tell me that was the Digital Economy lineup which it clearly isn't. I don't see TBS or TNT listed either which he mentioned without me asking.
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I tried customer support already. I was on a call with them about Internet when the guy told me about Digital Economy. That guy is the one who mentioned all of stations I mentioned above and mentioned ESPN when I specifically asked about it. Then when I was doing online chat to verify, he couldn't find a list and did a copy/paste of Limited Basic stations and tried to tell me that was the Digital Economy lineup which it clearly isn't. I don't see TBS or TNT listed either which he mentioned without me asking.
you might want to just go in to your local office and ask. Mine normally has a printout of all the channels for each package. Again, I'm not sure if they'll let you rent a CableCard with DigEcon either or if you are required to use boxes.
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Why not just get an antenna, from tvfool.com you can see what you can get.
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Why not just get an antenna, from tvfool.com you can see what you can get.
I use clear qam right now to get the basic stations. But if all of those channels were included for only $15 per month, I was going to go for it.
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Sorry no ESPN in economy package. It is basically beasic + few other(better channels) USA Animal planet etc but it does not include ESPN
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Sorry no ESPN in economy package. It is basically beasic + few other(better channels) USA Animal planet etc but it does not include ESPN
That is true for a basic package however ESPN does so much of their content online that it is negligible that one would miss anything IF they wished to use online streaming as a source of entertainment.
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Sorry no ESPN in economy package. It is basically beasic + few other(better channels) USA Animal planet etc but it does not include ESPN
you could probably still download the watchESPN app.
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you could probably still download the watchESPN app.
yes you can but it will not give you access to watch it
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