Heard this from a Comcast technician at my place on August 20, 2005. Once again I was complaining about how many channels with good content were only available in analog format. He said, "All those channels will be available in Standard Digital format starting about September 15, 2005 in the Federal Way, Washington area and then in the rest of Seattle and King county. The analog channels will be phased out by December 2006." So I won't be swithching to D* or E* yet because Comcast still has the most HD channels available in this area at this time. I have also been enjoying some OTA HD channels. I'm one of the few with a Toshiba 34HFX84 CRT HDTV. Got it as an interim measure to handle the analog stuff. Am patiently waiting for Toshiba (Canon) SED sometime in 2006 or 2007.