If you had not noticed ComCast dropped a few channels last Nov. This is for folks that have the basic plus cable coverage without a set top box. I call them and was told that they dropped these channels and will be dropping others through the year. According to them this is to prepare for the conversion to digital from analog in Feb. 18, 2009 by the FCC. They want us to get this set top box for each TV. This will be an additional $2 per month for the first TV and $7 per month for each additional TV. They are willing to wave the charge for the first 12 months. The two channels were 10 (TV Guide) and 23 (C-span 2).
Here is the little secret about what the FCC passed. The conversion is for over the air only. It has nothing to do with cable. The cable company is using this misinformation as an opportunity to raise prices. I called them on this but did not get any satisfaction. They did offer to lower my monthly cost by 1/3 for 12 months along with the waver on the set top box after I threatened to cancel.
Now if I am wrong I would like to know what the deal is? Has anyone else heard this. If what I say is true I think ComCast's feet should be held in the fire for this little trick.