[opendtv] Re: DTV awareness

  • From: John Willkie <johnwillkie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 13:24:08 -0700 (GMT-07:00)

ah -- the "monitor tax."  :-)  Rememer when Frank Eory said that the tuner 
mandate would lead sellers to only offer monitors?  Or was it that consumers 
would only buy monitors?

Just like they buy cars without tires.

John Willkie

-----Original Message-----
>From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
>Sent: Jul 7, 2008 4:57 AM
>To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [opendtv] Re: DTV awareness
>
>At 11:10 AM -0400 7/6/08, Tom Barry wrote:
>>This is usually not true, at least most places.  In Jax I rented the 
>>HD STB from Comcast without subscribing to digital cable.  Here in 
>>Gainesville on Cox I also take advantage of the Cox network HD shows 
>>using limited basic and my QAM cable ready PC and/or TV. I'm not 
>>even sure the cable companies are allowed to require digital TV 
>>subscriptions for the HD versions of the OTA networks.
>
>You are correct that the cable company is required to offer the HD 
>versions of local station in the clear. Thus, if you have a QAM tuner 
>and analog cable service you should be able to tune to these stations 
>without having to subscribe to a digital tier.
>
>But to get all of the programming on the HD tier you must subscribe 
>to digital cable. In my case my HD capable set does not have either 
>ATSC or QAM tuners so it is irrelevant - I must use an external box 
>to view HD programming, and to get this box from Cox I must subscribe 
>to digital cable. I elected to get the HD cable box with PVR.
>
>Regards
>Craig
>
> 
> 
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