Basic Cable Costs More in Towns Without FCC Regulation

dkreichen1968

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Part of me wonders why anyone pays at all for these limited basic cable packages. Granted, they're cheap(ish), but they get subscribers only about 20 channels. That's not much more (or maybe even less) than you'd get by purchasing an antenna and watching free over-the-air TV. City officials in Boston are asking the FCC to start regulating cable rates, but perhaps the best thing the city could do for residents is hand out or offer discounts on antennas.

Cheapskate Wisdom: Watch Free HDTV With an Antenna
Read more: Surprise, Surprise: Basic Cable Costs More in Towns without FCC Regulation - It's Your Money - TIME.com
 

MrPogi

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#2
Currently, it's $18.75 from Comtrash here. It doesn't include any of the subs, but it includes a couple
2 KUTV (CBS)
News & Info

3 KJZZ (IND)
Local

4 KTVX (ABC)
News & Info

5 KSL (NBC)
News & Info

7 KUED (PBS)
Children & Family

8 KPNZ (Canal 24)
Lifestyle

10 History
News & Info

11 KBYU (PBS)
Children & Family

12 KUTH (Univision)
Multicultural

13 KSTU (Fox)
News & Info

15 KUCW (CW)
Lifestyle

16 KUPX (ION)
Lifestyle

17 Government Access
Local

18 Telemundo (KEJT)
Multicultural

20 KTMW
Lifestyle

21 BYUtv
Children & Family

23
CNBC
News & Info

24 HSN
Lifestyle

25
QVC
Lifestyle

71 Discovery Channel
Children & Family

76 Travel Channel
Lifestyle

77 TV Land
Children & Family

78C-SPAN
News & Info

98 KSVN (Azteca America)
Multicultural

99 Galavisión
Multicultural

647 BYUtv HD
Lifestyle

648 KUPX (ION) HD
High-Definition TV

649 KUTH (Univision) HD
High-Definition TV

652 KTVX (ABC) HD
High-Definition TV

653
KSL (NBC) HD
High-Definition TV

654 KUTV (CBS) HD
High-Definition TV

655 KSTU (FOX) HD
High-Definition TV

656 KUCW (CW) HD
High-Definition TV

657
KJZZ (IND) HD
High-Definition TV

658 KUED (PBS) HD
High-Definition TV



Those who pay:

People too lazy to put up an antenna, or

People who think they can't get free TV any more (Thanks to cable's "Half Truth" ad campaigns during the transition)

People who can't get TV any other way (too distant, or live in a building with no reception.)

One thing I have discovered is how difficult it is for a consumer to get cable companies to even admit these packages exist.
 
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dkreichen1968

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For $22.75 plus tax a month Comtrash would give me:

COM TV
KXRM (FOX)
KOAA (NBC)
KWHS (LeSea)
KXTU (CW)
KTSC (RM PBS)
News First Now
KKTV (CBS)
KVSN (Spanish)
KRDO
K49JC (Spanish)
QVC
School District 11
Library Channel
Springs TV
School District 2,11,20 TV
UCCS
PPCC
KBDI (Colorado PBS)
WGN
KCNC (CBS 4 Denver)

The following is what everyone in the Colorado Springs area can get from Cheyenne Mountain for FREE:

KXRM (FOX)
KOAA (NBC)
KWHS (LeSea)
KXTU (CW)
KTSC (RM PBS)
Vme
Create
News First Now
KKTV (CBS)
MyKKTV (MyNetwork TV)
KVSN (Spanish) + 2 Spanish subs
KRDO
K49JC (Spanish)
KBDI (Colorado PBS)
KBDI+
MegaHertz Worldview

The following is what I get FREE:

KXRM (FOX)
KOAA (NBC)
KWHS (LeSea)
KXTU (CW)
KTSC (RM PBS)
Vme
Create
News First Now
KKTV (CBS)
MyKKTV (MyNetwork TV)
KVSN (Spanish) + 2 Spanish subs
KRDO
K49JC (Spanish)
KBDI (Colorado PBS)
KBDI+
MegaHertz Worldview
KWGN (CW)
THIS
KCNC (CBS)
KMGH (ABC)
The Cool TV
24/7 News and Weather
KUSA (NBC)
Accuweather
KTVD (MyNetworkTV HD)
NBC-Universal Sports
KDVR (Fox)
Antenna TV
Plus a few other Spanish Channels
 
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n2rj

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A lot of people who get basic cable are high speed internet customers who are paying higher prices for their service anyway but figures they may as well get basic cablewhile theyre at it.
 

MrPogi

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A lot of people who get basic cable are high speed internet customers who are paying higher prices for their service anyway but figures they may as well get basic cable while theyre at it.
If you bundle, it can sometimes negate the cost of limited basic cable. However, the cable companies sometimes don't allow limited basic to qualify for the "bundle" discount. And they play games with it: sometimes they don't include the HD channels unless you get a rental box, etc.

Which brings up another point: Although the cost may be $20 or so, the added franchise fees, box rentals, and taxes push it to almost $30 a month - or more, if you have to rent a box for 5 TV sets.
 
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