[mythtv-users] The end of analog - Digital Converter Vaporware?

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Wed Jan 23 18:08:38 UTC 2008

Brad Fuller wrote:
> On Jan 23, 2008 10:01 AM, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
>> John Drescher wrote:
>>>>> I thought this action was only for OTA signals and has no effect on
>>>>> cable providers.
>>>> 1.  You are technically correct
>>>> 2.  Rumor (and wild speculation!) has it cable companies may be
>>>> itching to drop their analog broadcasts shortly after....remains to be
>>>> seen.
>>> I kind of doubt that. The reason is that (at least Adelphia and now
>>> Comcast) they charge for analog and then an additional charge for
>>> digital. For me this is $55 / month for analog and I believe it is $20
>>> to $30 more to upgrade to digital. If they pushed everyone to digital
>>> they would have to lower these rates...
>> What planet are you living on?
>> My cable operator explained to me that I now have to pay the additional
>> digital rate "because of the FCC ruling".
>> Pure hokum, but I'll bet it works. If it doesn't I'll bet they will try
>> to actually get the FCC to try such a ruling.
> Who's your cable company? I'd like to know who is saying this.


To be accurate I heard this from a field technician and a CSR at their 
office. Not sure what answer I'd get if I spoke to somebody higher up.

But I do have a flyer included in my bill stating I will have to convert 
to digital, no mention of cost on that page though.


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