The $5 fee covers the rental of a DCX700m box. The deal says the $5 increase gives you the ability to do it, (plus the upgrade to 3400 from 6412 or 6416 - which you could probably do with a phone call anyway. So even if you OWN a 700m box, you would then have 3. As the multi-room setup is not compatible with the old boxes.You miss the point completely. This addon feature should be free period. It should be an incentive for others to possibly move over to Eastlink but no they got to charge you $5/mth for something that doesn't cost them anything.
Did people not read my earlier post that the $5 fee INCLUDES an HD rental box, I am sure that if you OWNED both boxes your could probably coax (hehe) them into waiving the fee. Seeing as its what 4.95 to rent a HD box, you are really only paying 0.05 for the multi room setup.I agree the $5 monthly fee for a service which likely is just a firmware update is BS. The Eastlink rep that installed my DVR and HD box said that the two boxes are just upgraded to perform the function and they communicate to each other. This should not warrant a monthly charge.
First digital box is free for everyone with DC... nowhere does it say you get a 700m HD as your free box. In the places like Oxford/Sydney, they aren't giving 700m's to everyone I can tell you that.@leaffan1967, Um that first box(700M) is suppose to be free anyway so your wrong, your saying the charge is for the box but that first box (700M) is suppose to be free. You still have to pay $5.95/month for the 3rd and so on box plus the $5/mth fee for the multi-room dvr service.
Your forgetting the cost of R&D and testing that goes into these things, Eastlink didn't make the firmware themselves, they probably pay a large sum of money for the program per year.@leaffan1967 , what do you work for Eastlink now because it sure sounds like it with the defending of this. They are moving away from the older models and bringing in the newer models to give out because of multi-room dvr and other services that won't be available to older models. If you look on Eastlinks site they even show the 700M as the boxes they rent/give out now instead of the older models but all this is irrelevant because we are talking about the "EXTRA" $5/mth fee for something that costs them "NOTHING" .
It is not at all the same. This is a poor comparison because although you might have the hardware and software in your phone, you are paying for bandwidth and programming rights.As for the cost of providing the service, it is no different than ordering an extra package on your cellphone. Sure my phone can stream NHL games, but I still have to pay the $5 a month for the package. Even though I have all the proper hardware and software, I still have to pay, which is fair, My choice to have it, so I pay for it.