09-20-2012 05:57 PM
Got a new TV and wanted to connect comcast cable box to TV with HDMI cable, but current box does not have HDMI port. Called customer service who said I could exchange my current box for one that had a HDMI port. I specifically asked if there would be an additional cost. They said no, but to tell them when I exchange box that I just wanted box with HDMI port but not HD service. I took my box to local Comcast office. They told me a new box with HDMI port would cost me 9.99 per month. They said that I could not have a HDMI port without buying HD service. They also said if I agreed to HD service, then cancelled it, I would have to return new box for standard def box. Anybody know which COMCAST representative was right?
09-20-2012 07:31 PM
Some models of a full HD box are used with Std Def service. The system disables the HD channels and the HD ports, both HDMI and component when the HD code is not in the billing system.
You can't get around getting a HD port active without paying for HD.
09-21-2012 11:11 AM
Untrue. You *can* have an HD STB (not DVR) - even one that supports HDMI - without HD service.
We have two STBs (one old Moto DCT-22xx and one Pace RNG110 - the Pace supports composite, component, HDMI-out, and RF-out); both are connected to SDTVs (the Moto via composite, the Pace via component). We're a Triple Play customer with only up to Digital Starter (no Digital Classic *or* HDTV service). We also have two DTAs and one CableCARD. The CC TV gets the locals in HD (along with News Channel 8 HD at #808); however, due to bad pairing (TV issue - not CC issue AFAIK; the TV itself has other issues), I don't even get the SD channels I should have on that TV. The DTAs and STBs are fine.
I am looking to replace the CC TV (42" plasma) with a same-size LED being fed by a Tivo Premiere (since it takes CCs, it would be a straight swap).
05-30-2013 08:13 PM
06-04-2013 08:57 PM
Just connect a coaxial cable to your HDTV you'll get local channels in HD no fees just not everything but at least you'll get some .
If they haven't been encrypted (yet).
10-22-2013 12:57 PM
10-22-2013 03:52 PM
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