As part of Comcast's "Get Ready" initiative for the digital broadcast transition on February 17, 2009, it is offering discounts on basic cable.
Comcast is offering free basic cable for 12 months to those who sign up for at least one additional Comcast service. New customers who choose not to subscribe to additional Comcast services can get basic cable for $10 a month for a full year. Current customers can add basic cable to additional TVs at no additional monthly fee.
Basic cable in South Florida includes 17-25 channels (all depending on your location), including broadcast (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, MyNetwork, Univision, Telefutura, ION, Telemundo, PBS), government, shopping and local neighborhood television channels. Comcast basic cable does not require the purchase of any new equipment for cable-ready TVs, so consumers can continue to use their existing TVs and remote controls.
The Federal Communications Commission has ordered local TV stations to vacate the frequency locations they have occupied since the 1940’s. The only place viewers will be able to access local channels after February 17, 2009 will be on their new digital frequency locations.
For the estimated 13 million households in the United States that have analog TV sets and use "rabbit ears" to receive programming, there are three ways to get ready for the transition:
- subscribe to cable or another video service provider;
- buy a new digital TV; or
- purchase a TV converter box
Comcast also has a site with more information, at www.comcast.com/dtv