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Old 09-05-2008, 06:45 PM   #1
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How Does Pay Per View Work - Comcast?

We just had the cable card installed in our new HD DVR. I thought that a Pay- Per View had to be pre-arranged before it would be available. However, I noticed some channels in the Pay-Per View 500 series appear if they are tuned including some less than family rated material in the iN DEMAND 501-507 range.

Does simply bringing up one of these channels result in getting billed for them? Exactly how does Pay-Per View work?
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:13 PM   #2
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The TiVo HD DVR is a one way box. Comcast has no way of knowing what channel you are tuned to. The download to the cablecard probably hasn't completed yet. I would expect those channels to be blocked once it completes.
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Old 09-05-2008, 09:59 PM   #3
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Does simply bringing up one of these channels result in getting billed for them? Exactly how does Pay-Per View work?
I've heard that in some places you'll see what your neighbor orders. In other places the content is scrambled.

You won't get billed for them. You can, however, amuse yourself by watching the show and guessing which neighbor ordered it.
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Old 09-06-2008, 07:36 AM   #4
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If the "less than family rated material" is of concern to you due to the presence of young children or other "sensitive viewers", you could delete the channels in the "Channels I Receive" menu, and if that's not enough you could even enable KidZone.
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:18 AM   #5
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Thanks RonDawg for the suggestion. We certainly do share your concern for children but children are all long gone and now even beyond the age of protecting their own children from TV content. Except for protecting young viewers, I am very much against any kind of restriction or censorship of program material.

It appears we get four channels in the 500 series:

501 (IN1) and 502 (IN2) appear to include a combination of wrestling and soft core porn. They even include a Jerry Springer show I think would insult the intelligence of a cockroach. 503 (IN3) and 504 (IN4) appear to include forgettable movies. I am not sure why we receive these channels but it does not much matter because the porn is too soft to bother with and the rest is just inane.

On second thought, I think we would certainly support very strict censorship of the Jerry Springer show.
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:51 AM   #6
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Thanks RonDawg for the suggestion. We certainly do share your concern for children but children are all long gone and now even beyond the age of protecting their own children from TV content. Except for protecting young viewers, I am very much against any kind of restriction or censorship of program material.
Well I don't have children myself, but I do understand if people want to shield young eyes and ears from things they won't understand at their age, or simply are sensitive and don't want to accidentally stumble onto that sort of thing.

But hey, if you enjoy stumbling onto that sort of thing, enjoy

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They even include a Jerry Springer show I think would insult the intelligence of a cockroach.
The whole reason Jerry Springer is so popular is because no matter how screwed up your own life is, it can't possibly be more screwed up than that of his guests
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