Originally posted by Cruzer
Someone mentioned the wish for BH to go full digital. This should be in a FAQ somewhere because it comes up so often. Somebody correct me if I misspeak.
BH doesn't have the bandwidth to rebroadcast all the analog channels in digital. Also they can not shut down the analog pipe although they would love to because I would guess 90% of the TV's out there would no longer get a picture. Alot of people wouldn't want a box even if you gave it to them for free. I, like many people, have multiple TV's but only 1 or 2 STBs.
Unfortunately, it will probably be a long time before the analog pipe gets shut off. [/b]
I'm the guy. I was not suggesting that BH drop 480i transmissions but that they offer all channels in at least 480p. I do not believe the bandwidth issues are what they seem. The transition to full digital will happen and I think customers should urge BH toward that goal, perhaps offering dual digital/analog transmission of one new channel or set of channels per quarter.
I believe content owners will have an interest in moving to digital because users will pick the digital equivalent. For example, if CNN is 720p and Foxnews is 480i which one will you watch (setting aside any politically strident users)? Digital is and will change viewing habits, alone.
There is a ton of garbage content poured into the bucket BH delivers, most paid for by the highest bidder, not requested by the paying customer. What if we, the customers, told them what WE want?
Lastly, this "choice" issue will get hotter as TV is delivered over IP. Want to watch the October 15, 2003 episode of CSI, in 1080i, with digital Dolby, right now, without advertisements, for 25 cents? Say goodby to traditional Cable TV service and their business model.
I say to BH that you should lead, not follow. Serve your customers well and you will prosper.