Originally Posted by drdumont
If they have that much excess bandwidth, I wonder why they are so dead set against carrying each local station's analog (for the present) and digital streams....
Isn't it obvious? The company can make more if they only broadcast the DTV streams in the higher, more-expensive 100+ Tier. (For example if I wanted DTV versions of my local stations, I'd have to increase my Comcast bill from $45 to $90 a month.)
If the FCC forces Comcast to offer the DTV streams for free (must carry) as part of the basic package, then they'd collect less cash.
As for capacity, you only need 6 megahertz per HD channel. Cable can carry over 500 such channels without any loss.