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Location: Illinois, East of St Louis
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My CATV provider still passes an analog signal and we still use it sometimes when taping something on VHS .. yes, I still have several VCR's ..
When the digital signal is either cancelled or temp suspended, the analog feed is still there .. and in my case, it is still there because I get phone and Internet thru the same CATV provider .. if I were getting no service from them, I would have no analog feed .. and any modern TV or VCR can lock in on those channels .. CATV companies are fully aware of this for the most part .. and it does not constitute theft of Cable .. when the provider is aware, and the user has not done anything to physically alter the feed, it is the responsibility of the provider to block content .. or not.
As Ken mentioned, this scenario will change in the future ..
I'll also mention that I currently pay for digital service / and the bonus analog feed, which does not require a box, is a nice bonus .. however, the logic most of the CABLECOS are using to discontinue the analog feed is conservation of bandwidth .. it's likely more of a profit motive as it relates to DVR use / rental and what not ..
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