Originally Posted by RedPenguin2
My apologizes if this is posted in the wrong forum but I couldn't find a Uniontown thread.
I just heard from a friend and saw online in a newspaper article that Atlantic Broadband has switched to 100% digital in the Uniontown area.
Does anybody know more about this?
The article says people were given a STB for analog TVs and I am wondering does that mean, they are giving people their channels in ClearQAM and just blocking them out with traps if you are to not get them?
I ask because I hope when they convert in the Johnstown area they don't require a converter box on every single TV as I have 3 QAM TVs and only one analog.
Is the STB free, as I could obviously use that on the 1 analog TV.
Uniontown did go all digital, and they added a bunch of HD channels to go with it. ABB is using DTA's like Comcast.
I can guarantee you ABB isn't using ClearQAM and has no intention to. They're not using ClearQAM here in Cumberland currently. The only stations you'll be able to get are HD locals, and in my experimentation down here, that may even be questionable. I've done some scans on others' TV's and the local stations here do not come up at all anymore. Previously (~2008) WJLA (DC ABC), WUSA (DC CBS), WTTG (DC FOX) and WJAC came in ClearQAM, the other affiliates carried here in HD on the box were not. In the past, ABB forced you to get the Motorola DVR in order to get HD and pay the extra $11/month PLUS a $4 HD fee (that's now $5). I believe this is still the case, that their standard digital cable boxes still can't handle HD.
I don't know if ABB is charging for DTA's. Their website doesn't act as if anything is different in Uniontown because ABB's website pretends that digital service is all that exists. What they sell on there as "Digital Value" is expanded basic with a box and the Music Choice channels and PPV/On Demand capability. "Digital Plus" is the only one that actually gives you the digital channels.
You're going to need boxes, I'm sure of it. In my last conversation with ABB a couple weeks ago, they had no idea when they would be updating this system. They were acting as if their internet upgrade from 8 Mbps to 10 Mbps was the hardest job ever imagined. Cumberland is tied in to Altoona/Johnstown, so we're on the same schedule, although we have a few more HD channels and different locals (although since ABB's ownership started, we've gained WJAC and WWCP here).