Just got a mailer from COX with an envelope that says "Important: Channel Changes Enclosed". (Never a good sign). As it turns out, they are moving the TV Guide channel from 19 analog to 79 digital. Not a channel I watch, but others may not feel the same way.
They also included a channel lineup sheet. I was looking at the TV Starter list. Of the channels that are digital and not in Clear QAM are the following: Jewelry TV (wouldn't watch), ShopNBC (Bellevue has it on analog 22), TLC HD, WGN HD, TBS HD. Those last three would be really nice to get on my clear QAM set. I know they don't legally have to show them unencrypted (outside of having either a city or state legislative act requiring them to do so), but it sure would be nice that on the lowest tier that they offer, all channels should come in without set box tops needed. Elderly users have a hard time with extra equipment connected to the TV (Ask my father-in-law, as he gets confused when trying to watch a DVD, then switch back to regular TV). Younger users are also looking for cable alternatives such as streaming services via broadband with Over-The-Air channels, removing cable TV completely. I am close to either dropping cable or cutting back to the TV Starter level. If those 3 HD channels were to be available via Clear QAM, I would consider staying with Cox.
The problem is, would Cox even consider it without a legislative act???