mamoji and others with Suddenlink basic/expanded-
I spoke with Pabel (who is actually Peter M. Abel, Senior VP of corporate communications @Suddenlink) by e-mail and he confirmed that they are working on getting digital duplicates for people that don't have a digital box...stating that it was more difficult. What he didn't explain, is why we were getting these channels just a few weeks ago...yet now it is suddenly "too difficult" to do until June?
He did offer to speak with me by phone but I don't think it's really that big of a deal...if it happens great, and if not then life goes on as usual.
It is clear that we are being line filtered in some fashion, but what is unclear is the reason why...especially if they are going to unfilter it with no extra cost in a couple months. If the plan was to keep filtering the digitals (non-local) indefinitely I would say it was simply a misguided attempt at steering basic/expanded customers towards renting a box. I say "misguided" because people who don't go with digital/HD packages are more worried about cost than any improvement in PQ/AQ...and likely have an older non-HD set anyway. I bought into the "digital cable" hype back in 2000 when I was still living in Fort Worth...what I found is that SD passed digitally is still SD, and Charter had pretty bad macroblocking issues back then most likely due to bandwidth starvation. I'm primarily a movie buff (50" 1080p plasma, BD player) that doesn't watch much regular tv beyond sports/history channel/AMC....so the slight bump in PQ/AQ of digital SD isn't really that important to me. It's just maddening that it is there, I have the technology to tune it in...yet can't.
Another thing I don't understand is Suddenlink's duplicate analog locals on digital channels. For example:
KTXS (ABC)- 81.1 (digital/HD) 88.2 (analog/SD) 4 (old analog/SD)
KXVA (FOX)- 81.2 (digital/HD) 88.4 (analog/SD) 6 (old analog/SD)
KRBC (NBC)- 102.1 (digital/HD) 88.3 (analog/SD) 5 (old analog/SD)
KTAB (CBS)- 102.2 (digital/HD) 88.7 (analog/SD) 10 (old analog/SD)
maybe in June they will have to drop the old 4,5,6 and 10?