Originally Posted by vegggas
Here's the dealy-o.
Cox Las Vegas, just like many other cable systems, is going through a MAJOR renovation to go to an all digtal system. Basically, everything will be digital and sent to various nodes around the city and local neighborhoods, and the basic package will be converted back to analog for the basic users, but digital subscribers will have everything in digital format, including the original analog channels. By converting everything to digital at the main lines, there is a huge savings in bandwidth that can be carried out to the neighborhoods. At that point forced conversions can be done for the basic people at the local level, but everything is still digital to anyone with the digital STB. Major channels can be sent to all homes in the current digital format, but lesser watched channels can be sent, virtually on demand, as you change the channel. This frees up even more space that HAD to be dedicated to the each and every channels people rarely watch.
When is this happening? It's already underway (since last year actually), but will take many months before it's complete and the old system can be removed to take advantage of the savings. They basically have to move and shift channels in chunks and repeat certain aspects of bandwidth to keep it online so that it's invisible to the user. The commitment dates are before the end of the year, and then a great expansion should happen.
When asked about including more HD channels and what channels are they expecting, the answer seemed to be to expect all of them.
Please make use of the above link for requesting new channels and/or if you call in, ask then to make a note that you want specific HD channels (that exist). Ask for HD-Net and HD-Net movies while you are at it. Those channels are currently up for negotiations again, and POSITIVE feedback will help bring them to Cox.
Another note to consider is that Cox corporate policy has been to offer the HD channels at NO ADDITIONAL COST, meaning that there is no programming price increase for an HD channel compared to a standard channel. A Digital subscriber has no additonal programming fees to watch the HD version of Sopranos over the SD version, etc.
Some programming negotiations get pushed back when the prices demand individual pricing per subscriber, but if anyone is open to that scenario, let them know that too. An example would be if you want HDNet and HDNet Movies, or ESPN2 or the Voom HD pak, it would be an additional $5/ month/ per package or bundled together at a lesser cost. This is very similar to what ComCast and other cable companies do to keep programming costs down for subscribers who do not have HD.
I will, as always, keep my ear to the ground and let the forum know if anything is approaching that can be revealed...