You are so right, it is these type luxuries that folks begin to cut back on.In this day and age, a lot of the cable add ons (premiums, DVR, SVOD) are more in the nice to have category. I think cable and satellite will be seeing a lot of downgrades in the next few months.
I think that varies by cable system. For my cable system (Cablevision), you get the HD counterpart of any channel that you subscribe to (and Cablevision carries). So, with broadcast basic, we get the HD (and SD subchannels) of any station carried on broadcast basic. Same goes for "Family Cable" (TBS, Discovery, ESPN, etc.) You need a HD box, but they don't charge any more for the HD boxes than for the regular box. Actually, it's a pretty fair deal in my opinion. Other systems may place HD on a separate tier. Maybe the tough economy will lead to some more negotiation possibilities for consumers.You are so right, it is these type luxuries that folks begin to cut back on.
I do like how Dish has the pure HD package where you can just get what they have on HD. I sure wish Cable allowed that at a lower price, because right now you have to get almost everything to be eligible for HD programming.
Actually, the digital conversion has to do with broadcast television stations. Cable TV in most areas will still offer analog service (at least at the broadcast basic level) for some time into the future. Also, all cable boxes have some sort of analog coax or component outputs that can be used to feed a VCR...so don't throw out the old dinosaur yet!!Well I don't know about Canada, but in the US, in Feb, 2009 there will be no more analog to record, everything will be digital.
Well that makes total sense to me. But recently when I had a technician out at my house. He remarked to me as we were talking about the HD channels. That soon as Feb 2009 came and they were able to stop sending an analog signal and go straight digital, this will free up a lot of bandwidth that they will use for HD. I've read a good bit about this and it seems that analog requires a great deal of bandwidth as opposed to digital. I would think most cable companies would discontinue analog and go pure digital if that is the case and bandwidth is at a premium. I assume HD requires much more than just regular digital SD channels too.Actually, the digital conversion has to do with broadcast television stations. Cable TV in most areas will still offer analog service (at least at the broadcast basic level) for some time into the future. Also, all cable boxes have some sort of analog coax or component outputs that can be used to feed a VCR...so don't throw out the old dinosaur yet!!
I sort of did the same thing with two tivo remotes. For some reason I unknowingly brought the one down from our loft into the living room. Then I was wondering why the hell it wouldn't control the TV. After a while I just assumed that it lost it's programming for whatever reason so I reprogrammed it. Then a few minutes later I got a glance of the other Tivo remote on the couch - the one that was already programmed for this tv. ARGH! The humiliation continued as I had to take the other one back upstairs and re-re-program it for the tv up there.Just a funny tidbit. All day long I thought my TV's remote sensor went out. Well, this didn't strike me as odd because I had another go out (same model and purchased the same day) a few months ago. Well, I just figured out why the remote wasn't working for the TV. I had two Comcast remotes in my office and I was trying to use the one for my living room. All day long I was using my DVR pause feature to mute the TV if I was in a conference call. I just saw that I had two sitting on my desk and almost peed myself from laughing so hard.