So my cable company requires a STB to get... anything.
They sell me a "package",X many channels,.... oh,you need this box to watch them, and you get to rent it, forever.
And, you can't buy one, or another device to replace it. Talk about a "captive audience"?
they advertise 2 bazillion channels, but its a Switched Digital Video system, They have all the channels, but they only serve up one channel at a time to your box,
so if you are like me, watching 6 channels a once... the lag of tearing down a session,starting up a new one for the next channel requested really ruins the whole TV experience for me
In my thinking they're kinda misrepresenting things
The Cable companies don't want to let go of the hardware rental business that their business plan is based on.
$5.00 a month for a box, that's for Basic cable? (no dvr etc)
$3.00 a month for a cable card ( yeah, they own the only mfr. of cable cards too)
multiply that by every TV/device in the house
and oh you need a cable wiring repair plan too...