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If you have cable TV service, you probably have at least one set-top box in your house. On Monday, a federal rule change takes effect that could eventually force you to rent more cable boxes.
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Cable companies want to scramble everything coming through their wire, including basic service. They say this will allow them to reduce theft – prevent people from watching programs they didn’t pay for – and improve customer service.

Improve customer service, good one. rolleyes.gif

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They already own the rights to my first-born. Why not step it up a notch?
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My TV in my room is just connected to the wall through a Coax cable... I get a lot of the cable channels, but not anything over 100 (100+ is for HD). I'm assuming from the article that this would mean if my cable company decided to encrypt its signal, I'd need a box for this TV? I'm guessing that it's the cable box that will decrypt the encrypted cable signal? Who exactly is the cable company trying to fool here? It's 100% obvious that it's purely for profits and a way to milk the customer more...
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Who exactly is the cable company trying to fool here?

They have NEVER been good at that. Ever. And they never will be. They mistake people being too lazy to fight it with people being too ignorant to fight it.

Remember when AT&T introduced internet capping? That was to 'improve service'. I never heard back from them about how cutting service back increased it.
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Waiting to see what Insight does...my parents won't be too happy if this goes through
    
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And they wonder they keep losing cable TV subscriptions at an astronomical rate...
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And they wonder they keep losing cable TV subscriptions at an astronomical rate...

What is paid television?

Actually, wait. What's television? headscratch.gif
   
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This just seems like it will push even more people to IPTV
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this was implemented to the philippines long time ago, because lots of people are jumping cables from their neighbors, lol.
Edited by ghostrider85 - 12/10/12 at 3:14am
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My family just dropped cable a few days ago. We only had 1 TV in the household, a 32" POS.
Everyone in our family has custom built i7 rigs (Mine is the only i5). Budget isn't really an issue, it's that the service is lacking.
2 months of broken TV, finally we decided to call it quits and cancel the cable bill.
Thank god. $50/mo or more for a bunch of commercials! Can't believe they're trying to pull this "Improve customer service" bs
    
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