I've found that ever since I bought my HiDef TV I am watching HiDef almost exclusively. I very rarely ever watch any of the SD channels any more.
So I was wondering what the most cost effective subscription package might be if I only want the HiDef channels (all of them except TMN HD). Can I just get the basic package (which I believe is mandatory) and then add the HD Extra package? Do I need the US channels package too?
Also, if I go this route, can I still receive basic analog on my other TV for free?
I think your best bet would be to get the 30 channel package. That includes the analog signal. Then you would have to pick 30 channels that have an equivant HD version, add on the HD extra and you are at the lowest price possible. Which is mostly likely quite high. If you could ditch the analog then pick the 20 channel package + HD extra. Or buy another used STB for $50. If you can save $50 per year then you are ahead at the end of the year.
Don't forget the $3 fee for 2 STBs. HD Extra is $6/month. 2 STB = $3/month, 3+ STB = $5/month
Edit: 30 for $30 = $51/month
20 for $20 = $43/month
No you can't because you have to subscribe to the SD version to be able to purchase the HD Extra package. They have their back doors covered, that is for sure. Plus if you take '20 a la carte' you must pick 50% Canadian channels.
You may be better off waiting for OTA HD then get your HD fix that way. A lot of people in Toronto-area already have that luxury.
If you could Get the HD Extra package without 'a la carte' channels you would not have access to ABCHD, NBCHD, CBSHD, PBSHD, FOXHD, TSNHD, RSNHD, Discovery HD since you would not be subscribed to the SD version. If this is not right somebody please correct me.