Originally Posted by nightowl
To just decide to convert all analog channels right now would likely cause a huge churn for Comcast. There are a large majority of Comcast customers who are analog only, and any sudden attempt to force a change would: 1) cause a huge number of service calls, which would create a large backlog and annoyed customers due to service problems (remember, with digital, an actual signal test will need to be done, and some wire upgrades will be likely for a lot of customers; and 2) cause a lot of people to switch just because that is the last straw with Comcast. Some people just don't want to mess with their cable service which works well for them, and they don't see any need to upgrade.
I think that Comcast should start moving some channels, maybe once a month, over to the digital side. Not a digital tier, just to digital only.
Note, that if they decide to switch to satellite, they will need boxes at every TV anyway, although, they could reduce their monthly bill, that is why I agree with your assessment. At least with Cable, there is the current/future option of going CableCard TV or DCA TV; something that Satellite can't match. But, many people aren't even aware of CableCard.
Here, they added Encore Movie Plex as an 'Enhanced' channel (meaning Digital, as opposed to 'Expanded' meaning Analog) great choice of tier names
This was referenced in a postcard they sent, without saying what or how to get Enhanced service; I guess they hope people will call.
When we get our next prices/services card in March, effective April, I expect to see Enhanced service info. in print.
In Comcast ADS areas, I wonder which of these is the case?:
1. Requires new subs to have all boxes and/or CCs.
2. Offers Digital STBs by default, and only varies by request
3. Presents the customer with both options and hopes they take at least one box, for example.