I'm not sure that everyone means the same thing when the use abbreviations such as DTA.
To me a DTA is a digital-to-analog converter that is needed only for analog sets (sets that do not have digital tuners).
What TWC was saying in its notice is that it is getting rid of the analog versions of those eight channels and will now only provide digital signals for those channels.
Yes, if you have an analog set, you would need to have a converter to convert the signal to analog.
But even if you have a digital set, you're going to have to do something to deal with the fact that seven of those eight channels will be encrypted.
You won't use a DTA, strictly speaking, but you will have to get a small device that decrypts the digital station so that your digital QAM tuner can tune it.
TWC will eventually eliminate all of the analog channels, and when they do, they will have the FCC's approval to encrypt all of the digital channels.
That's when they will raise the rental fees for the decrypting devices or maybe even make everyone rent a full-fledged set-top box.
I bet the reason that TWC is leaving C-SPAN as a "clear" QAM channel is that it doesn't want to tick off congress.
Frankly, those eight channels are not very popular, so some people who don't get a decrypting device might not even notice that they are gone.