Originally Posted by VisionOn
No you are correct, I meant that as the differentiator between all the basic cable channels and local networks TWC distribute together. I was just using lazy shorthand.
In the "analog cable" package that TWC is now discontinuing, there actually were some unencrypted ("clear QAM") digital channels, but many of them were simply duplicates of the corresponding analog channels.
Some people may actually have been watching an analog channel, not even realizing that a digital channel had the same show in high definition.
But, as you say, the digital channels tended to just be the local stations and some government information channels (the latter being just in standard definition). TWC certainly was not offering ESPN or other popular "cable channels" in unencrypted digital format. If you wanted ESPN in digital, you had to pony up for the digital cable package with the set-top box.
If you had "analog cable", then you only got ESPN in analog standard definition, which usually looks even fuzzier than digital standard definition.
I know some people who still think that the whole transition to digital channels is some kind of conspiracy to make life more complicated than it needs to be,
As for me, I'm happy with just the beautiful digital transmissions (carrying both high def and standard def programming) that are now available OTA.
Who needs cable?