Originally Posted by Mikef5
Darn, Mike, you just don't get it do you ?? Comcast has to carry those analog channels, the FCC requires them to carry them past the analog drop dead date in 2009. Does any of the Sat company's have to carry BOTH analog and digital .... NO... Does this take up bandwidth that the cable company's could use to add more HD ..... YES.... bitch at the FCC and their myopic rulings and not the cable company's. Why don't we put everyone on an equal footing and require the Sat's carry BOTH the analog and digital channels. Don't you think that would be fair ??? Then we could see how much they can actually handle when they are hobbled by the same requirements.
You know it's fine and dandy that you sit in a fully upgraded area and get a lot of channels that some areas still don't get and you bitch at Comcast and want more. At least Comcast is trying to do the right thing and get ALL areas up to snuff so they can all get what you now get. If anyone has a right to bitch it's the 550 MHz areas so give it a rest. If you are that dissatisfied with Comcast bite the bullet and go with a Sat company, maybe they can meet your needs.
Mike, Geez... Chill out... :-)
The FCC must carry mandate affects only about 15 channels tops. Not the 70+ channels we see here. The reason the rest of those channels are hard to move is because of the carriage agreements, not because of any FCC mandate. In fact, the FCC would LOVE to see MTV, VH1, etc... pushed into digital transport, because that means you could have an expanded basic product tier that didn't include those channels - closer to their view in terms of doing ala carte.
Once stuff is all digital, you can create all kinds of products. But because 50% of subs are still analog, the problem is that the programmers don't want to lose access to the analog only customers. And that's built into the contracts.
Ask Mr J if they will be down to FCC mandated only analog channels by feb. of 2009. I GUARANTEE he'll see they still have a very large analog tier at that date.
People would not be deploying SDV if turning off analog was easy. Or even a 1/3rd of analog.
But this is the way it is. And why the plant and not contracts affect how much HD Comcast delivers.
On the 550 Mhz markets, those are being rebuilt as 860 or 1 ghz plant. Once that is done, they'll have all this idle capacity that won't be carrying new HD channels just like my market. You can't do much to help the 550 Mhz systems now other than do a rebuild (because Comcast isn't going to move expanded basic analog channels to digital). But at least you have options for the extra spectrum in 860 Mhz markets. My point is why not use it?