My QAM channel for NBC HD(130-2) and FOX HD(130-3) is no where to be found anymore even after rescan...
Do you still have them? If so which channel?
The future for Manhattan is a full digital system like Chicago. Only then will they have the bandwidth to add all those stations. RCN hasn't published a timetable for the New York transition, but they are actively switching out customer's older analog boxes with new digital equipment (so encourage your neighbors to trade in their converts sooner than later).
New Era in Cable TV is Coming as RCN Starts Today to Go All Digital in Chicago, Reclaiming 80 Analog Channels for New Standard & High Def Channel Launches
HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), a leading provider of video, data, and voice services to residential, business and commercial/carrier customers, announced that a new era is coming to Chicago Cable TV when the company today starts switching to all digital TV programming.
This marks a very important step into the future for our Chicago cable customers, said RCN CEO and President Peter Aquino. By reclaiming analog channels, RCN will be leaders in delivering HD and customized cable packages in an all digital world. We have converted the first RCN hub and target completion in the entire Chicago market before the end of spring.
By going all digital and reclaiming this excess spectrum, each analog channel has the ability to be compressed up to 10-to-1 for standard definition and up to 2-to-1 for high definition. With these new advantages, RCN management has recreated its entire cable offering and re-branded its expanded basic offering and digital tier offering as the new Signature and Premiere packages.
The Signature package, formerly with 80 channels, will re-launch with 180 channels for the same price. In addition, Premiere will be more robust with additional HD selections and channel pods to give consumers more flexibility and choice. The channel pods group RCN's Premiere Channel Tier by genre, such as sports, news & information, children and family, and movies and entertainment. The pods provide customers with the ability to pay only for the programming they want to watch.
RCN's all digital strategy puts us in the position to make good on the promise of offering approximately 100 HD channels in the future, McKay added.
And what about those other RCN systems serving Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., and eastern Pennsylvania? Stay tuned. RCN plans to evaluate its options and make determinations based partly on how things shake out with its existing Federal Communications Commission (FCC) waiver for entry-level Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT - message board) DCT700 set-tops. That waiver is scheduled to expire in July.
Considering the help Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ - message board) and scores of others received under an "Omnibus" waiver awarded last July last year, RCN just might score an extension if it also pledges to migrate the rest of its systems to digital by the February 2009 broadcast TV transition. (See Verizon & Others Get Their Waivers.)
Then all it would have to do is convince the rest of its subs to make the move to digital by early next year. But expect RCN to base that decision on how well, or badly, things go in Chicago.