CHARTER CABLE Complaint - Local HD channels being intentionally scrambled
I had problems with my local HD channels. Like channel 8.1 or 8.2 which are sometimes the HD or local weather channels. The service man comes out and basically explains that Charter has done a "digital transfer" and thus all non whole number channels are transmitted poorly and unable to watch.
He said it was intentional by Charter to limit non-digital cable customers, basic and expanded basic, from getting any digital channels without a Charter cable box.
He explained that these. 1 channels are essentially "free" HD, (without a digital cable box) and thus Charter isn't able to make extra money from them. By scrambling them they force the customer to watch only the whole number channels, or upgrade to the digital box. I asked about upgrading from basic to expanded, he said it wouldn't matter. The "free HD" channels would only be available with the Charter digital box and then the local channels would appear in the 700+ channels. So Charter basically has taken away channels yet keeps the prices the same. Lovely.
I took the third path and dropped all cable and kept only the internet. If another company offers internet soon I'll jump to them.