I don't think this was mentioned yet in this thread. The reason what Comcast does is wrong, by that I mean charging more for CableCards than their own equipment, is all about the DTA's.
DTA's are/were free up to 3 during the transition period. NO Additional outlet fee, NO HD technology fee.
Even after the transition period or extras, each DTA is only about $2. How many customers can get another cable card for $2 or free? A few, but I know it's a minority.
It's even in the Digital Transition FAQ:
You can get a DTAs OR CABLECARDs it says for free.
In my personal experience, Comcast will want to charge
+$10 Additional Outlet
-$2.50 Customer owned equipment fee.
+$10 HD technology fee
$17.50 or $7.50
It should be more like
+$2.50 DTA additional outlet fee
-$2.50 Customer owned equipment
$0 or -$2.50 or +2.50
You saved them giving you a DTA or SD box for free or cheap by having your own equipment. What about the CableCard? all of their equipment used to have a cablecard inside.
This is my own interpretation and no local Comcast agent agrees with me.
$-2.50 for 1 CableCard as the first device. When I ask for a second, the second one costs me
But they'll give me 2 more DTA's for free.
I don't think I'm wrong in theory though because some cities, they do it "correctly" just like this... A cablecard is about the same price as a DTA and you get a discount for using CableCards instead of Comcast boxes.