Charter digital channels without cable box
We just received notice (so far just an automated phone message) that Charter is switching to 100% digital signal on their cable TV system, and as a result we would be required to get a cable box. Now, part of Charter's signal is on analog channels, and part is on digital, and the tuner in our TV can locate them all. Does tis mean that post-conversion all the channels will be beyond the range of the tuner in our recent-vintage LG TV? We have the 3-way bundle with Charter for phone, broadband internet, and cable TV all at their lowest level of service, the TV is called "Basic cable." I understand they are phasing this in, so I'm wondering if someone who already has experienced this could comment on what was the result.
We also have a Roku box and a media computer attached via HDMI to the TV, and WIFI to the internet router. Charter seems to be charging $30 to install the cable box, and a rental of $6/month. Is there any way for us to continue to get cable TV without these additional charges? AT&T U-verse has not made it out as far as us yet, but I understand that Dish TV might be an alternative. If we cancel the TV part of our bundle will we be able to afford the alternative service? Thanks for your help!
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