doesn't affect me, but thought I'd post:http://www.patriotledger.com/busines...wns-to-digital
Comcast converts analog channels in former Adelphia towns
By Jon Chesto
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Apr 25, 2011 @ 11:00 PM
Last update Apr 26, 2011 @ 09:46 AM
Comcast customers in Southeastern Massachusetts who once had Adelphia service will soon be required to have digital conversion equipment if they want to continue to watch cable TV.
Comcast Corp. is preparing to convert all of its analog channels to digital channels in the former Adelphia towns south of Boston this year as a way to open more bandwidth for high-definition programming in those towns. Most of the Comcast customers in the towns already have digital service and won't need new equipment.
Comcast has already made similar changes through most of its eastern Massachusetts territory. As in the conversions that took place in other areas, Comcast is giving digital conversion equipment to affected consumers for free.
However, this wave of digital conversions will be the first time in Massachusetts that Comcast customers with basic cable TV service will need to convert to digital service, Comcast spokesman Marc Goodman said. In Comcast's previous conversions in the state, customers with the lowest tier of TV service could continue to get their video via traditional analog channels.
The former Adelphia service area includes nearly 20 communities south of Boston. Most are in the Plymouth area, on the Upper Cape or on Martha's Vineyard. A few - such as Abington and Rockland - are closer to Boston. Comcast acquired Adelphia's cable TV franchises in those towns in 2006.
Goodman said the company began giving away the equipment that consumers need for the digital conversion within the past two weeks. The devices can be ordered online or picked up at Comcast service centers such as the ones at 858 Plain St. (Route 139) in Marshfield and 35 Resnik Road in Plymouth.
Basic service customers are eligible to get up to three digital adaptors for free, and standard cable service customers are eligible to get a set-top box and two digital adaptors for free, Goodman said. The set-top box acts as a digital adaptor, but also allows for access to Comcast's On Demand program library and its channel guide.
Starting on May 12, consumers with standard cable TV service will get an additional 10 channels once they make the switch to digital service, Goodman said.
Meanwhile, the analog cable channels in the former Adelphia towns will be converted in a gradual process that will end by late summer, Goodman said. The Food Network and E! Entertainment Television channels will be among the first to be digitized, he said. Removing one analog channel can free up bandwidth for as many as 10 new digital channels or three high-definition digital channels, Goodman said.
Goodman said more than 90 percent of customers in the former Adelphia territory already get some kind of digital package, so they won't need to pick up additional equipment. He said there would be no additional cost added to monthly bills for the equivalent digital packages.
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