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Basic Question About Digital Cable

by EmiLee69 / October 16, 2007 3:54 AM PDT

We have no HDTV or flat screen TVs here---just basic TVs with "expanded basic" cable service. We do, however, have four different TVs throughout our house, and enjoy being able to tune into any of the TV programs offered through our cable provider. I'm not sure they even offer the "expanded basic" service anymore through Comcast; they certainly don't advertise it if they do. We've never felt the need for anything more than what we have now, but we do appreciate being able to watch whatever we want on any of the four TVs in our home.

With everything moving to digital, I'm wondering how that will affect us. I don't care about having the pay-for-view or any other interactive features, but I would like to continue to be able to watch TV in any of four rooms of the house. I realize that, with the upcoming switch to digital, we will have to get some type of converter box or replace some or all of our TVs in the future. What I'm wondering about, though, is whether we will be able to maintain service to all four TVs at a reasonable cost. Right now, we just pay the basic fee for cable TV and are able to plug a TV in any room where we have the cable wired in (which is most of our rooms) and we can watch whatever we want on each TV (i.e., don't have to have the TV tuned to the same station in every room).

It appears to me that, if we want to be able to watch cable programming on more than one TV, once everything switches to digital, we will have to pay for each TV that receives digital cable broadcasting. If so, that might be the end of cable TV for us, as the cost is just ridiculous.

Am I correct in my assumptions? If so, I need to start weaning my family off TV over the next year. We have been without TV in the past, and I'm sure we can do so again.

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