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Old 09-27-2015, 05:02 PM
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I had someone staying with me who wanted more TV, so I'd temporarily upgraded from the basic first tier of cable to the third tier. And I wanted to downgrade now. Here's what seems odd to me: If you want tCox's "economy" second tier, they've set it up so that it requires a cable-box. And then naturally they charge you extra for the box. They claim that it's necessary to shut out the other premium channels. But I don't think they used to need that for the second tier. Does anyone know if it's the norm with other companies in other cities?

Because coincidentally, I was just reading this:

The Cable-Box Boondoggle

I thought it used to be that if you had a cable-ready television, you didn't need the box.
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Old 09-28-2015, 06:48 PM
Location: Norfolk, VA
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Yes it is the norm. If you have an HDTV you can probably program it and get some channels to work but they do their best to prevent that from happening. But if you cut the cord they count streaming against your Internet bandwidth quota. Now Cox claims that they don't cut you off, but they will upsell you. So they have you coming and going.
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