Originally Posted by HDMI Guy
When you are on channel 1005 on one of the TVs connected directly to coax, push the info button and see if the resolution is stated. If the resolution is 720 or 1080 it is a digital channel and according to your conversations with Cox may be available after the transition. If the resolution is 480 it is an analog channel and will almost certainly be gone after the transition. You will have to try this with each of the channels to determine whether they are digital or analog. The channels from 2-100 are probably all analog but could be digital. The channels above 100 are most likely digital. You only need to do this on one of the sets since the resolution should be the same on all of the sets connected directly to coax.
Well, I actually do know just slightly more than that. Of course these are high resolution channels -- 720 or 1080, they are the HD equivalents of the standard resolution channels, in other words, FOX is 5 in standard resolution, 1005 is 5 in HD.
I do not have digital cable. Was told I would need a box for that, and the added cost. Nevertheless, all these 1000 numbered channels are HD -- unknown how they are presented or any other info. COX informs that all the network broadcast channels will remain after transition. In other words 5, which is FOX low def, I guess will become low def digital, probably due to FCC mandates -- has to always be available.
Also a COX representative, who was speculating, thought 1005 would remain too AS AVAILABLE WITHOUT ADDITIONAL BOX, probably again due to FCC mandates, but unknown if the duplicate HD equivalent is deemed also required by FCC. I've adopted the strategy to see what happens over the months, since NO ONE seems to know much of anything about the transition, or indeed, most folks at COX have no idea the 1005 exists, is HD, possibly digital or otherwise.
Also too, the fact that apparently documents exist which seem to unequivocally disallow the inclusion of such channels or numbers on tuners etc., clearly does not help to advance the state of actual knowledge on the subject, since this is known to be false. I guess I've figured out that you can only wait and see what happens.....