reply to kevcallaway
Re: [DTA] question on Digital Economy and DTAs
said by kevcallaway:A post in this thread on "Digital Economy Service channel line up" in the Comcast Help and Support Forums (»forums.comcast.com/t5/Channels-a···/1008021) seems to support that statement:
However our local CC store tells people that the DTAs cannot be used for digital economy. I don't know if they are saying this out of truth or ignorance.
"You can expect most the following channels in addition to the limited basic local channels in your area. You do not get any On-Demand, and adding the new small DTA adapters only get you limited basic channels, not the Digital Economy tier on extra TV's.
For extra TV's you need to pay the full monthly fee for a full set top box to receive Digital Economy on extra TV's. The price for Digital Economy is on top of the limited basic tier of service.
Fox News Channel
The Weather Channel
TV Guide Network
Comcast Network 100
CSPAN 2 News & Info
Cable Marketplace 1
Cable Marketplace 3
Music Choice Music
A subscription to Basic Service is required to receive other services or levels of service of video programming. Some services require a CableCARD or a receiver and remote at an additional charge.
To receive channels offered in HD, a HD television (not provided), HDTV equipment and subscription to the channel's service level or underlying premium service are required."
What's strange is that I receive most of these channels on my DTAs. Is that because I have Digital Prefered service, or because I'm on a Cisco/SA system?
If you have digital preferred on your main TV -- you will get everything that is in digital starter on your 2nd TV with the DTA, except for on demand and music choice.
OK, I guess it might be that when a customer signs up for Digital Economy service, their DTAs are set so that their "privacy mode" decryption* capability is not activated, therefore they can only receive the clear QAM limited-basic channels.
For customers who subscribe to digital starter tier service or higher (like me), their DTA's privacy mode decryption could then be activated.
* DTAs use a weaker, lower-level encryption scheme ("privacy mode") used on the expanded basic channels. Full digital STBs, however, also handle the stronger, higher-level encryption scheme ("conditional access") that is used on the higher-tier channels. See: »www.lightreading.com/document.as···lr_cable
i know pricing varies from market to market and i don't have my price list in front of me -- but any idea what CC is charging for a full box non HD -- as a second box in the home ?
On my last bill, the monthly charge for a full box ("digital converter") is $2.45, but it is shown as part of a $9.25 "Additional Outlet" fee.
As I have some HD boxes and subscribe to HD service, my bill also includes a $9.95 "HD Technology Fee."