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Clark Howard: Cable scramble

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Updated: 6/11/2013 9:46 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you're a cheapskate like me, you may be subscribing to a very, very basic cable programming known as broadcast basic. That's where all you get is some local channels and some public access channels in your area.

If you have a digital TV, you just plug the cable from the cable company right into your set, use the remote from your TV and you're set. 

Now Comcast, after getting permission from the federal government, is scrambling the local channels for even broadcast basic. 

You're now going to have to have a Comcast box if you're a Comcast subscriber. The way it's going to work is that they are going to give it to you for free for a while, and then you'll have to pay an unknown fee they will determine in the future. 

Instead of paying that money, try this: do you know you can get it better cheaper usually for local television.  If you go to, you can see whether a simple digital antennae will work on your television.

You'll get a better signal, a clearer picture and you won't pay for it.

Watch Clark Howard weekday mornings on Action News This Morning on FOX30 beginning at 7 a.m.

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