PensFanInDC wrote:Multi service discount? local basic cable? Wha?
This is how Comcast works here in Pittsburgh, or least what I've been offered every offseason when I cancel my expanded package (I do the exact same thing after hockey season ends):
If you buy internet service only you pay close to $70 per month. Local basic cable (the same channels you get over the air with an antenna) are around $12 per month.
If you subscribe to internet AND another service (any tv service, phone, etc) they knock the internet price down to around $45. So you get internet and local channels (in HD) for less than you'd pay for internet only.
You USED to be able to hook the cable line right from the wall to your television and get those local channels in HD - the FCC mandated that they couldnt scramble them. The MSOs lobbied the FCC to change the requirement. Now they are allowed to scramble them, but they have to give you a free digital transport adapter box. It won't do HD
Since I have my own HD cable box this isn't a problem for me (but I typically use an antenna anyway - its better quality).
I assume they lobbied for that because blocking those channels would require a truck coming to your house and filtering your line. Otherwise anyone subscribing to internet could also get those channels for free.