Thursday, May 28, 2009

Comcast's Backdoor Rate Increase

Comcast New Jersey Implements Backdoor Rate Increase - Alleges Channel Realignment

Comcast New Jersey is systematically removing channels from the lower ninety-nine channel lineup under the guise of high definition. There are now nine channels that are now in the higher range and REQUIRE a cable box to receive them.

So formerly, up until a few months ago, you were able to watch the following stations without the $8.40 cable box.
  1. Comcast Network**
  2. WHYY (PBS, PHILA.)**
  3. Style**
  4. History Channel* **
  5. News 12 New Jersey**
  6. Cartoon Network**
  7. AMC**
  8. TV Guide Network**
  9. TCM**
And now the cable box is required to view these channels. Repeated calls to Comcast asking them to clarify the changes were not returned. Calls to their customer support people were met with the we would never do that attitude.

The cable industry needs to be more strictly regulated. The consumer is NOT being protected.

Below is Comcast's disclaimer on their website:

**This channel can only be received with a digital converter. IMPORTANT CUSTOMER INFORMATION: The listed programs, packages, services, channel numbers, content, format and other aspects of Comcast's service are its current offerings and are subject to change or discontinuance at any time in accordance with applicable law.

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