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Comcast blast plus or economy plus internet packages get basic TV for free YMMV?

komondor 5,670 2,253 August 7, 2013 at 01:00 PM in Internet & Websites (3)
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I recently had to replace my modem and when I called to activate it the 3rd support person I had to speak to mention that with the "Plus" package I was supposed to get basic TV for Free? He said there was no charge other than 15.00 to send me out the cable box. I was sceptical but figured I could cancel.

Attached is letter I received from Comcast along with snippet from my bill they call it blast plus but mine shows economy plus?

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I believe by law they have to provide whatever on the air for free. I have internet only plan with Cox and be able to watch MANY channels (including standard and HS channels)that are in the first 100 in their listing for about two years. The tech guy who came when I canceled my TV subscription told me this.
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I recently got comcast and before I actually activated we got all of the basic channels, HD and Standard, by connecting the tv straight to the wall outlet. But I'm actually thinking about switching to an internet only plan. On a side note all of the channels had very strange listings, like channel 4 was 623-6.
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Quote from ysert View Post :
I believe by law they have to provide whatever on the air for free.
Nope...they're (cable companies) slowly requiring that ALL levels of (TV) service will require some kind of box to descramble the signal.
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I heard that, I think a new regulation passed (or an old one expired) so that the cable compabnies will be able to charge customers for on-air free channels if you get them thru cable... That's why the new indoor HD antennas getting popular lately.

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Nope...they're (cable companies) slowly requiring that ALL levels of (TV) service will require some kind of box to descramble the signal.
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I recently got comcast and before I actually activated we got all of the basic channels, HD and Standard, by connecting the tv straight to the wall outlet. But I'm actually thinking about switching to an internet only plan. On a side note all of the channels had very strange listings, like channel 4 was 623-6.
You will still get those channels with an internet only plan. They are called "Clear QAM" channels and sent unencrypted over the cable line. If you have internet service they can't selectively filter them.

It is true however that cable companies may not broadcast them in the future as they upgrade their equipment, but it hasn't happened yet (at least in my area). Here is a good article about it:

http://blogs.twincities.com/yourt...yre-right/
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^^ no wonder everyone says cable companies suck
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Quote from ysert View Post :
I believe by law they have to provide whatever on the air for free. I have internet only plan with Cox and be able to watch MANY channels (including standard and HS channels)that are in the first 100 in their listing for about two years. The tech guy who came when I canceled my TV subscription told me this.
Comcast is slowly encrypting these signals market-by-market. My area recently got encrypted in mid-June. Now you have to get the box to unscramble the codes.

I used to be able to get some of the OTA channels (ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, etc. )
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I called. They don't have this deal.
They offer 20Mbps download and 3Mbps upload + Unlimited Nationwide home phone for $65. I took it.
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Its the internet service Blast plus, but the TV service that comes with it is the Economy plus TV service. Just keep in mind you wont get ESPN, Bravo, Spike or MTV on this package. Not sure if that matters to you.
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I just got this 10 minutes ago over the phone, they wouldn't/couldn't offer this on the chat service in San Jose, CA
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Comcast is slowly encrypting these signals market-by-market. My area recently got encrypted in mid-June. Now you have to get the box to unscramble the codes.

I used to be able to get some of the OTA channels (ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, etc. )
They have not done this in the Atlanta market. My WMC can still get those OTA channels in HD. If it comes, I will get a massive indoor antenna.
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Comcast recently started charging me for Modem rental and I have my own (purchased) modem. This is the second time they have done this to me. So always keep an eye on your bill.
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I was paying $39 a month for their cheapest inet only plan, I think it was called performance?

All of a sudden they've just increased me to blast with 50down/10meg up.

I'll have to watch that bill now.
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