Hugh said to NOTLguy:
Long story short, if you want more than the 25 channels, you will need to get a STB.
Also, and I hope this doesn't smack of heresy to the HD converts who, for the most part, populate dis 'ere Forum, you won't be able to watch one channel while you record another at the same time
if you're still using a VCR.
Life was much simpler for a lot of us before Cogeco made the switch back in July.
Now, if I've got this right, the only way to watch AND record at the same time is to spring for the Cogeco-approved HD PVR at 500-bucks outright or $18 per month once the freebie deal expires. ($500 strikes me as higher than it should be but that probably has something to do with the fact that all the cable/satcos are pretty much charging the same thing.)
We're longtime Cogeco subscribers, who find the use of an STB for the first time fraught with frustration. (Sorry, but the alliteration there would send shivers down the back of one of my former radio PDs)
We have a perfectly good Toshiba CRT in the living room, so we resisted the switch to digital until Cogeco gave us no choice.
A year from now, the same number of channels will cost us more and we'll be paying for the STB we didn't need in the past. Ka-ching!
In addition, we figured we'd opt for the channels that were stripped away from the Analogue Value Pack in recent years (fewer channels for the same price = price increase). Digital Select would also get us TSN2, the other 3 Sportsnet feeds and SportsnetOne. Ka-ching!
All of a sudden, we need a dual-tuner PVR, at even more money? Ka-ching!
Standard Def is fine for us, especially with the CRT. We're passing on the PVR for the time being. We'll tape the Basic tier channels only and try to work around the current situation. At the moment, we have a few more channels but can no longer tape all that we have. We'd almost double our cable bill to be able to record all our channels.
What's the old saying? Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it? The BTUs should look next door, at the music industry. It gouged and discouraged until it was a shadow of its former self. People found a better way.
Cogeco should be doing everything it can to offer the highest quality at a fair price. We don't think it, as a company, is. We don't think it's "helping" us.
Unless we see change, when *we* find a better way, we're gone.