[mythtv-users] Metro Detroit Comcast

Peter Bennett pb.mythtv at gmail.com
Sat Sep 12 21:27:28 UTC 2020

On 9/11/20 6:34 PM, faginbagin wrote:
> Anyone here have experience with Comcast in the Metro Detroit area. Can you record basic cable, like TCM, and broadcast HD channels with a cable card? How much can you expect to pay after whatever introductory offer expires? Other thoughts? We've been using Wowway (Wide Open West) because they don't encrypt basic cable or broadcast HD channels, but phone, internet and basic cable now cost over $160/month with the only equipment rental being their cable modem with phone service.

I am not in Detroit, but I do have Comcast, in Massachusetts. To use 
cable card you will need either a ceton or a silicon dust hdhomerun 
prime. Unfortunately neither of these is being manufactured any more, 
but you may be able to find a used one. I am paying $121 per month for 
Internet 100 mbps download, plus broadcast and "TV: Entertainment" 
package, which is a selection of entertainment based channels. I save $5 
per month for having "Customer Owned Equipment", and $9.95 per month "HD 
Technology Fee". It would be $15 per month more with Comcast equipment, 
one converter box.

With cable card and the ceton I get all the channels I pay for. However 
random channels sometimes get set by Comcast incorrectly so that they do 
not work (set to no-record or record-once). One of the cspan channels is 
set like that. (Rather ridiculous since I would think the cspan channels 
have little or no copyrighted content). Getting that resolved by Comcast 
for the Family Channel took me three months of phone calls back and 
forth with Comcast. By the time it was sorted out, the show I wanted to 
see was long gone.

For phone you pay extra, I use vonage which is cheaper than Comcast's 


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