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Subject:  Cable subscribers are about to get a sneaky fee Date:  12/10/2012  5:43 PM
Author:  lindytoes Number:  46719 of 59690

Cable subscribers are about to get a sneaky fee
http://www.nbcnews.com/business/cable-subscribers-are-about-...
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If you have cable TV service, you probably have at least one set-top box in your house. On Monday, a federal rule change takes effect that could eventually force you to rent more cable boxes.

Right now, most cable systems don’t scramble the “basic tier” service which includes local broadcast stations, public, government and education channels, as well as some non-premium programming. Buy basic service and you can plug the cable into a digital set that has a QAM tuner and see these unencrypted channels without a set-top box.
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