When will Cox simply drop the wasteful analog channels which are already simulcast in QAM digital (thus using up even more precious bandwidth)?
I know there are many reasons Cox is delaying this switch, such as how people would be furious if they were forced to use even a $1/month basic digital cable box on their TV that used to get 70 analog channels with just 1 simple cable. Most TVs purchased in the last few years can already decode QAM digital TV that's sent in the clear, so many of these customers won't even need a box, since their TV is already using the digital channels.
But for Cox to compete, they need to drop the analog channels. After all, Cox wants everyone to "enjoy" digital cable so they have OnDemand and other future interactive TV.
It may be in their best interest to phase out analog to get a higher percentage of their subscribed TVs access to all the great digital content they are advertising.
When's the last time you saw a Cox commercial for Extended Basic analog service?