Originally Posted by rsra13
I received the letter, they are finally going all digital here, in South San Jose. You'll need a box, or a device that uses a cable card. I think the cut-off date is 8/15.
Ha. I got *two* letters on the same day. The wording differed slightly and the threatened cutoff date differed slightly, but the gist was the same. They're going digital.
On the reverse was a list of channels 2-33 that they said all TV's could still get if connected to a digital device.
So, to be clear, this is the long awaited abolition of analog?
The last time I really paid a lot of attention to this was when they started messing with clear QAM. At the time I had a new HDTV with a QAM tuner plugged straight into the wall and got plenty of HD content. Then comcast started playing whack-a-mole (not sure what physical QAM channel any given channel would end up on, necessitating constant rescans), then HD content was simply encrypted. So everyone with HTPC tuner cards and HD HomeRun people cried. But a bare metal TV (with an analog tuner) plugged into the wall could still at least see analog TV no matter what.
Along the way I broke down and got a Comcast box that had both analog tuners and digital tuners. Importantly, analog channels looked great.
Months later I swapped out my older DCT box with a sweet-looking DCH and finally a digital only DCX box and noticed to my horror that the same low numbered channels looked worse in digital. Something about giving 6 MHz of analog goodness to a single SD channel allowed all my video processors to do their magic on a very high quality signal. The digital version was pretty compressed and bit starved and no amount of video processing could get back the same quality as the extravagant bandwidth they used to get via analog.
So what I'm hearing is these letters finally mark the true end of analog on cable, similar to the OTA analog shutdown a few years ago?
I seem to recall back then cableco's would be forced to keep analog for awhile. I guess it's been "awhile".