Please hope me navigate our transition to Comcast digital...
We've been getting along just fine with our Comcast analog service for many years now. Call us silly, but we like the idea of not having STBs on every tv, and actually using the tuner that came with the tv.
But, last week, Comcast sent us the "Time to go digital or go dark" letter we knew was going to come eventually. Looks like we have till the end of September to switch. The letter gives us some choices and this is where I need my fellow MeFites help in making the best choices for our continued viewing pleasure. Forgive me if this gets a bit long
The letter from Comcast is pretty short. Basically, they are offering to send us up to 1 Digital Receiver and 2 Digital Adapters at no added monthly charge. But...I don't know which box I really need. Here's our current setup...
Our main tv is an old 32" Sony Wega
. We casually channel-surf and watch the occasional Redbox dvd with it. That's it. We don't do HBO or On-Demand. And we have no interest in those. Our second tv is a smaller Sony in the bedroom. Something to fall asleep to.
As I said, we don't do HBO, Showtime, On-Demand, etc. Neither are we looking to get a new tv any time soon, so you can scratch HD, too. We don't really follow any shows so religiously that we would record them, so we really have no need for a dvr. As you can see, our needs are pretty darn simple.
The letter from Comcast also says that, if we choose to order a digital receiver, we will get their Digital Starter package at no added cost. I'm assuming by "digital receiver" they mean either of the devices they offer. But, the letter offers no guidance as to which type of box I really need. My gut says the smaller Digital Adapter might be the way to go, but I'm not sure. The letter from Comcast doesn't offer a bit of help in choosing. The only "feature" they mention that differentiates the two is that the Receiver give you On-Demand and the Interactive Program Guide. Woo-hoo.
As for the channels we watch more often...We like TCM, SyFy, our locals. We occasionally hit HG, Speed, Food, FX, TNT, ESPN, depending on what happens to be on. We DO like the idea that going digital will finally give us BBC America...hopefully. That depends on what tier we have to buy to get it. Which bring me to an additional question for my Indianapolis-based MeFites...
Can anyone in Indy tell me what the channel line-up is on the different digital tiers in Indy? The lists available on the Comcast website is horribly incomplete. For instance, none of the lists for Indy shows TCM on any
digital tier. I know that has to be wrong.
So...Basically, I'm asking, Which of the two devices Comcast is offering me would be my best choice, based on our viewing habits? For those of you familiar with the two Comcast devices, does the Digital Adapter allow us to use our tv's tuner, or does it also require Comcast's hideous universal remote
I'm going to peruse Comcast's site more to find more info, but I thought you guys would have better real-world experiences to offer, as opposed to the marketing hype of Comcast's site. I'm also looking at both Uverse and the dishes as options. But, that's a pretty confusing minefield for me.
Please, no AppleTV or similar such internet-based solutions. It's just not gonna happen, so let's not even go there. Also, OTA is not a feasible solution. We might be able to get three stations here, with a tall-enough tower. Not gonna happen, either.