Originally Posted by Big Bears Fan
Got the same letter also.First mention of world of more and dtas,it listed some sevice level changes 2 channels moving from digital starter to expanded basic;7 channels moving from digital classic to digital starter.Just have to wonder what the progression is and when we will get a date for analog removal.Do you have ESPNU and Lifetime movie and Planet green and Biography all in HD ? How about the CW ?
The DTAs have been a topic of discussion on various other forums and have been in the works for quite a while Nationally.
Individual channel movement is pretty irrelevant, just basic housekeeping. Currently the only Clear (unencrypted) HD QAM (cable's digital format) channels are WHOI, WEEK, WMBD, WYZZ, WTVP, and WGN America. Everything else is either encrypted or SD. There are about 40 Clear QAM channels, but they do not correspond to any subscription package.
As for any other HD channels, I can't say since I do not subscribe to any Digital package and do not have any boxes currently.
We are basically scr**ed with the CW. As long as WHOI has it on their subchannel (19.2) they have the ability to block Comcast (or Satellite) from bringing in a distant signal. The only way to get The CW in HD would be for WHOI to supply a land-line feed for exclusive use by Comcast, which is probably impossible since they would not have the ability to insert local content, ads, syndicated shows into the HD signal. Or for WHOI to seek retransmission fees for the CW and for Comcast to decline: then they could contract an alternate source and bring it in.
You could put up a 150' tower and maybe pick up KGCW, which appears to be broadcasting in HD but uses a directional antenna pointed directly away from the Peoria market. (RF ch41, Call # 26.1)
If you examined recent billings and statements from Comcast, you might have noticed that the analog "Expanded Basic" package was priced virtually the same as the equivalent digital pack, making it possible for them to offer the "upgrade" for "free"
. (because they are already charging you for it)