Charter Cable - Charter Is Blackmailing Us Into HD Settop Box
Charter TV - Complaint
SANFORD, NORTH CAROLINA -- The deadline notice came in the mail again yesterday... February 11th and we lose all video services if we don't upgrade our cable box.
We have chosen to only use "The Basic" package due to cost and really no need for HD since all we watch is the news and a few series.
We have one basic cable box on the main TV and just a direct cable to the small TV in the kitchen.
We are now being forced to order and use a HD box on each TV or go blackout on February 11th - I feel blackmailed into this. The ugly part of this is that while the first year use of these boxes is free for one year then you will be charged a monthly fee there after. One hell of a sneaky way to implement a major price increase isn't it?
Charters reasoning of going all Digital is to give us all "free" improvements such as HD channels, more channels, more phone features, and later will double the internet speed for "free". What a farce for people who only use the basic channel lineup and no phone service!
Are these people exempt from a class action lawsuit?
Do they think we are stupid?
Around here they have the market cornered and are the only game in town so yes I consider this blackmail and think the consumer needs to be protected from these tactics.
What to do is the question?
Drop the service or band together and stop them are the only options I see... your thoughts please.