If you have Charter, and we do, be aware that in February they will be requiring more equipment and in many cases you'll have to pay for it. If you merely have the cable line plugged into the back of your TV, you'll now have to get a digital box. This will give each of you TV's better quality imagery, but here are the cost break downs.
- Customers currently on the “digital” service tier may receive one additional free box for one year.
- Those on Charter’s “limited basic” service are eligible to receive two free boxes for two years.
- “Limited Basic” customers who qualify for Medicaid may receive two free boxes for up to five years.
- Customers with “expanded basic” service are eligible to receive two free boxes for one year.
- Charter charges $6.99 per month to rent boxes over those limits. The company says 90 percent of its subscribers already have a box on at least one TV.
We have one box (which I will admit brings in fantastic high definition pictures) and are on the expanded basic plan which means we will get one year free for two additional TV's. This new system may give us more options but I'd bet each "more options" will come at a cost. After that each box will cost us an additional 6.99 a month. We can't do the satellite or dish because there are too many big trees blocking the signal.
And, Charter will no longer provide the local clear channels which have never needed a set up box.