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when will HDTV be free?

by fitch29-21326862467848385204087712332007 / September 7, 2006 10:19 AM PDT

I recently purchased a HDTV. When I called my cable company to begin receiving HD signals I was told that I first needed to rent a special cable box for $10/month to decode the HD signal, even though my TV already has an ATSC tuner. Having the box will allow me to watch CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, and PBS in high-def, but to receive ESPN, HDNET, and Discovery in high definition I would need to spend an additional $8/month. So that's an additional $18/month just to receive HDTV.

But in theory, aren't all TV signals supposed to be high definition in the near future? In which case, how much longer can the cable companies keep charging for something that's going to be the status quo in just a few years?

By the way, I live in NYC, does anyone happen to know which cable company provides the most value in HD content in this area?

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by stewart norrie / September 7, 2006 10:33 AM PDT

That extra money for the hi-def package is worth every penny you pay for it. you should have discovery h.d. theater, t.n.t. h.d. net, movies,e.s.p.n Also order the VOOM package if they offer it for usually $5.00 extra, I also would check out either dish network and direct t.v. Dish usually offers more h.d. channels and should cost you less I find that the dish network gives me awsome picture quality good luck stewee

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by sirroundsound / September 7, 2006 12:15 PM PDT

If you are in New York city, you should be able to pick up a number of HD channels off air (free)from an antenna.
I would do a google search of what is available in your area, you might be suprised.

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(NT) (NT) John
by jcrobso / September 8, 2006 1:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Antenna
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HDTV is free via cable and off air
by gabereyes / September 7, 2006 12:48 PM PDT

you just need the right equipment
ATSC Tuner is for off air broadcast, not cable you need a QAM tuner witch is a cable HD tuner, but this will only get you the local channels.
Discovery, ESPN, and any other premium channel is coded so you can not recieve them without a HD cable box, but cable can not code local HD via basic or extended basic cable service.

and it will take a long time to change all the channels over HD, every channel most switch to digital not HD by 2009 or something like.

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