UPDATE — it looks like this promo is only for Internet-only customers who don’t currently have cable TV. See update here. And only for a limited time.
So way back when I cancelled DirecTV in September, Jill Cataldo mentioned in comments that if you have Comcast for Internet, you’re entitled to free basic (non-HD) cable for one TV in the house. We called Comcast several times about this and no one knew what we were talking about, so we just kind of let it drop and forgot about it.
Fast forward to yesterday afternoon. While I was gone doing the program in Zion, apparently someone from Comcast knocked on the door and offered us the above box. Mr. Mashup reports that, not only is it free, but the rep said they’d drop our Internet-only bill by $5.00 a month for a year if we took it, and then it would go only back up to our current level, and that she’d also up our Internet speed for a year.
I looked at what he signed, and it says “NO CONTRACT” and “FREE” all over it.
So there ya go!
Note on HD channels
We have not yet hooked it up, but Jill says on her site http://www.jillcataldo.com/node/3891#comment-108663
Caveats: It is BASIC cable. Meaning, the major networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, HCW and PBS, plus only three cable networks: CSPAN, TBS, and Discovery Channel. It is also NON-HD, meaning standard resolution, not high-def. You will also lose the HD subchannels (like 11.2, 11.3, 11.4 and so on) if you use just the Comcast Basic tv service for the set, as they actually charge an additional fee to provide those HD channels to you, even though they’re free over the air.
What I do like? Comcast OnDemand is included, and with OnDemand, you can watch free movies, whenever you want (there are hundreds of free movies available every month – you can pay to rent movies through it too, of course.) Also, the last 4-6 episodes of nearly every popular cable show are available free in the OnDemand too, so we’ve been catching up with Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels, Cake Boss, American Pickers and the other cable shows we enjoy. The kids really like the kids OnDemand channel too.
We are going to put it on an old TV upstairs that is not hooked up to the antenna (we currently just use it for the occasional kid’s DVD) so as not to worry about losing the HD channels.