Originally Posted by Jaydd
Has Surewest indicated whether they will continue analog feeds beyond February? Apparently the major cable companies must continue to carry until 2012, but there are some exceptions for smaller cable companies.
We've viewed analog and SD and HDTV on our 40" Sony and in several stores. We see little, if any, difference in image quality among these three. Apparently younger eyes can. We would like to keep using our analog Tivo until 2012.
NONE of SureWest's channels are analog as it stands, so nothing needs to change. The set-top boxes have no need to change. Unlike traditional cable systems, you can't plug a cable directly into your TV and have your TV tune the analog signal. Even though some of the newer TVs have a digital ATSC (over-the-air) and QAM (traditional digital cable) tuner, this makes no difference to SureWest... totally different type of system. It is the same with satellite... a totally different system. You can't plug a satellite dish cable directly into your TV (unless the satellite tuner is actually built-in to the TV, which is extremely rare, but I believe exists).
If one relies on their set-top-boxes provided by their video distribution provider (Comcast, Dish Network, DirecTV or SureWest), the impending digital cross-over is completely irrelevant. The idea behind the cross-over is to free up a spectrum of radio channels that can be more effectively used with newer technology, not to force people to buy new TVs. There is no need to force people to abandon their old TVs, just the inefficient use of radio frequencies. RF modulators will still be made, using low-power signal generators to put video over analog channels (i.e. tuning to channel 3 or 4 to watch). If one has a higher-quality input on their TV, they should use it, but RF modulators will continue to exist for the really old TVs. If your TV has an HDMI connector, use it to connect your set-top box, if not, use DVI and an audio cable (digital audio or red/white stereo wires)... if you don't have that, use component (YPbPr) and an audio cable... if you don't have that, use S-video and an audio cable... if you don't have that, use composite (yellow for video and red/white for audio)... if you don't have that, you will likely be forced to use the RF modulator connection using an antenna connection to the TV (this is only when nothing better exists.)