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Can I get the straight scoop when it comes to M-Cards and Comcast, please?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by FixItPete, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. nrc

    nrc Cracker Soul

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    Unfortunately there's nothing in the regulations that I'm aware of that would prevent them from charging more for M-cards. But FCC regulations do state that their rates for cableCARDs must be clearly stated on their rate sheet or web site. So ask them to point out exactly where this extra charge for an M-Card is documented.
     
  2. agredon

    agredon New Member

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    According to Comcast's own pamphlets, the first Cablecard is supposed to be free. That said, when the salesman came by, he didn't even know what a cablecard was. After I explained to him what a cablecard is, he checked with somebody at Comcast and quoted a price of $1/month, which went up to $1.50 when he brought the paperwork back to sign. It wasn't worth the trouble of complaining since I was already getting a pretty good deal. BTW, if you're interested in Comcast, be aware that the door-to-door guys are able to offer better deals than what you would get if you called Comcast yourself. So, if they come by, make sure you get their card.
     
  3. takeshi

    takeshi New Member

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    ^ This. Every market may operate under the Comcast brand but that doesn't mean they're homogeneous.
     
  4. sbourgeo

    sbourgeo Hepcat Daddio

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    From the latest price list I have from Comcast (Dec 2011 bill) in MA:

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  5. abauser

    abauser New Member

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    I'm in central NJ with Comcast. I have one TV with limited basic cable and no cable box. I get one MCard that costs me nothing. I pay no HD technology fee.
     
  6. gtrogue

    gtrogue Mentally Hilarious

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    Comcast doesn't charge me for my second cablecard but they do charge me a $9.95 charge for the additional outlet.
     
  7. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    Each area that Comcast serves, the pricing is different, even with any area the pricing is different, try as you may you will never get any answer for Comcast service cost that you can count on. IE. For me in the Hartford CT area about 4 months ago Comcast lowered the price of my four Cable Cards from $1.50 to $1.15 each, no reason. All my A/O charges are $0, Friends in my area have different costs than I do, I called from one of my friends home to see why he was paying $7.95/month/Cable card, the CSR wanted my name to look up why i was paying only $1.15, no way would I give her my name, but I could not lower my friends rate.
    Someday Comcast may get their rates together but as of now I can't even get a list of what channels I paying for from the web or anybody else, I referring to all the digital stuff not HBO type channels.
     
  8. blue_ironman

    blue_ironman New Member

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    I've talked to 5-6 Comcast reps over the last 2 days and gotten seemingly every possible answer. A couple didn't even know what Cablecards were and responded as if I'd just told them I wanted Comcast to stream Martians into my home. At least they didn't give me directly conflicting, but confidently delivered, information like the next two. Who to believe?

    How hard is it to handle this? Either you have a cable box or you don't. Either you have a cablecard or you don't. Assign a price and be done. Very frustrating.
     
  9. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    I upgraded my Comcast contract with a new two year deal that included HBO and a much faster Internet speed, now i don't have to call them for the next two years to get a good price, they came out and upgraded my modem to D3 so the speed test is now above 65Mb/s and can pin the speed meter at 100 for a few seconds, but Comcast also sent me another DTA adapter, I already have two, my newest bill does not show any charge for this third adapter, Comcast pricing is a black hole. (and i though TiVo pricing was confusing)
     

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