Advertisements Okay, so I know the new cablecard rules that went into effect in August say that cable companies must provide cablecard users a discount for not having a set top box. I have two different questions. I want to make sure I know I have a leg to stand on before I call my cable company. I have Mediacom in Iowa if that makes any difference. First, I'm not aware that Mediacom "bundles" the rental cost of a set top box with any of their packages. I believe that the set top box rental is always an explicit line item charge on the bill for "rental". As such, are they still required to give me any sort of discount for having my TivoHD and not one of their own set top boxes? I would think that since I'm not being charged rental for a box I don't have, I'm not entitled to a discount on top of that. Or am I, and if I am, then what's the reasoning for that? Second, are cable companies now required to offer a cablecard user all of the same packages they would offer someone who has a cable company set-top box? When I first got my TivoHD and cablecard installed a few years ago, I had a Mediacom DVR. I had a programming package that, while still didn't bundle the cost of the DVR rental, did give me a discounted price including HBO or Showtime. When I gave up the cable company DVR in favor of my TivoHD with cablecard, they said I could not longer have the programming package that I had. They said that package required having one of their set top boxes and if I didn't have the set top box then I couldn't have that package. I had to drop back to a lower package, which was essentially the same price I was paying except without HBO, and then add HBO a-la-carte if I wanted it. I could keep the set top box and then keep the package, but then I was still paying extra for the set top box I would never use. So I gave them back the set top box and just dropped HBO. So I'm wondering now if I can call them back and force them to give me the package that includes HBO (or I might go for Showtime), and if they try to give me the spiel about requiring their set top box, if I can tell them to get stuffed (or rather, politely point them to the new FCC requirements). The FCC rules clearly state that if the cable company bundles their set top box in any packages, then they have to give a discount for not having the set tob box, but it doesn't really explicitly say anything about requiring them to offer such packages to cablecard users, although I would think it's kind of implied. Thanks!