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CABLE CO to DIScontinue analog signals in 2012...

scootski
02-21-2008, 03:01 PM
Mediacom advised me over the phone that they will be ALL
digital HDTV cable by 2012... and analog will be gone for them.

Head's up to all !

I imagine others will follow.... meaning.... in a year or two or
three... no one will have ANALOG cable anymore.

Head's UP !

bicker
02-21-2008, 06:37 PM
Great news!

deadhead68
02-21-2008, 06:45 PM
Mediacom advised me over the phone that they will be ALL
digital HDTV cable by 2012... and analog will be gone for them.

Head's up to all !

I imagine others will follow.... meaning.... in a year or two or
three... no one will have ANALOG cable anymore.

Head's UP !

Whoohoo!!! :yippee: :banana: :yippee: :banana:

DeadHead68

Dmenden
02-21-2008, 08:48 PM
Cable companies are actually mandated to MAINTAIN analog cable until Feb 2012 (for local broadcast and public interest channels)

"The Federal Communications Commission requires cable companies to carry analog and digital signals until at least 2012. The FCC has said it will review that requirement to determine if it should be extended.

However, cable customers with analog televisions, who receive their cable either through a wire plugged directly into their television set or through an older set-top box without a digital tuner, will need to upgrade at some point, Kelsey said. It is likely these consumers will need to buy a digital television or upgrade with their cable company to a more modern set-top box." (quote from the Altoona Mirror - can link it since I am a n00b around these parts)

However, I would be shocked if 75% of the extended basic analog channels aren't moved to a digital tier by the end of the year to "make room for HD channels" (for instance, in central PA Comcast moved three or four analog stations per system to the digital tier for an 8 channel HD expansion - google news search Lancaster and Comcast for more info on that).

bicker
02-22-2008, 04:38 AM
Cable companies are actually mandated to MAINTAIN analog cable until Feb 2012 (for local broadcast and public interest channels)The dual-must-carry provision specifically allows cable companies to choose between continuing to offer analog service or going all-digital, as long as there is digital converters with analog outputs available for all customers. The regulation doesn't even require that the equipment be "free" or even "inexpensive".

Marcus Carr
02-22-2008, 06:50 AM
RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), a leading provider of video, data, and voice services to residential, business and commercial/carrier customers, announced that a new era is coming to Chicago Cable TV when the company today starts switching to all digital TV programming.

"This marks a very important step into the future for our Chicago cable customers," said RCN CEO and President Peter Aquino. "By reclaiming analog channels, RCN will be leaders in delivering HD and customized cable packages in an all digital world. We have converted the first RCN hub and target completion in the entire Chicago market before the end of spring."

... "RCN's all digital strategy puts us in the position to make good on the promise of offering approximately 100 HD channels in the future," McKay added.

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