Originally Posted by quarque
I posted this on the Comcast thread but thought it useful to duplicate here.
I just got a reply from John Dietrich, a local VP at Comcast:"..... It is important to know that we have no plans to digitize what we call limited cable (the first 13 analog channels). We are planning to do is to digitize a large percentage, but by no means all, of what we now call expanded basic. Of the approximately 50 or so expanded basic analog channels (which sit above the 13 limited basic channels), we will digitize about 35 of those. ...... "
So the tech support person I chatted with was WAY off base.
Very good explanation which makes sense in terms of reclaiming bandwidth for Comcast's high-speed Internet and voice telephone services. But Comcast's analog "Limited Basic" tier in most of King County consists of 32 channels
, which is 19 channels more than "the 13 limited basic channels
" quoted: 2 through 24; 26 through 29; 75 through 78; and 99. These are broken down as follows:
14 Local "must carry" OTAs: KWPX/3, KOMO/4, KING/5, KONG/6, KIRO/7, KCTS/9, KMYQ/10, KSTW/11, KBTC/12, KCPQ/13, KHCV/15, KBWF/18, KTBW/20, KUNS/29
2 Popular distant-signal OTAs: CBUT/99, KBCB/14
4 Government channels: 21, 22, 23, 24
4 education channels: 26, 27, 28, 76
1 public access: 77
7 miscellaneous: NWCN/2, Discovery/8, Shopping/Leased Access 16, Shopping/Leased Access 17, Hallmark/19
KCTS Plus/75, Weather/78
Which of the 14 "must carry" OTAs will be offered a financial deal by Comcast to waive their must carry rights on analog "limited basic"? Will the shopping channels 14, 15, 16 and 17 (two OTA stations and two cable-only) stay on analog? Will the government and educational channels agree to waive analog coverage?
By contrast, with a CECB and a good antenna, this writer can obtain all 14 local channels and a total of 34 subchannels - although many of them are redundant or uninteresting (as is also the case with Comcast cable's lineup). OTA is free, Comcast's service is not.