Earlier this week, I told you I got Comcast Digital Cable for 12 months for free. Plus they threw in 6 months of all the HBO and Starz channels and mailed me the self-install kit for free. They’re giving it to us because we’re basic cable subscribers (the $18 a month plan) and hope to get us hooked to digital cable, on-demand movies, and maybe even upgrade to something more.
I got the kit today, hooked it up, and expected to see a couple dozen additional channels than what I already have. After I waited on hold for 30 minutes to activate the digital cable (which took another 45 minutes), I found out how many new channels we get.
Although there are another 300 or so channel numbers, about 100 of them are Extended Basic service (the one with ESPN, Food Network, Travel Channel, etc.). Another 30 or so are music stations, and maybe another 40 are premium movie channels.
All in all, the channels that we were allowed to receive (the ones that didn’t say explicitly say they were blocked) numbered
That’s right, the number between 9 and 11.
Plus add in about 14 HBO and Starz channels that generally repeat the same movies and drop off in 6 months.
And they’re seriously not even good channels. They’re mostly PBS-type channels. No sports. No home improvement. No food. No travel. Nothing.
Oh, and the reception is still spotty, especially for the basic network channels. Right now I have a splitter: one way to the digital box and one way to the VCR, just so we can watch Heroes.
We’ll keep it for a couple months, but I think we’ll probably turn it back in to Comcast early just like the last time we had digital. Much earlier.
Have any of you gotten Digital cable? Do you think it’s worth it?