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I contacted Adephia cable in regards to when they will offer local channels in HD. This is the response I received. It's mostly an automated response but states than when they see enough demand in the area they will consider adding channels. I vote that all HD users email or call asking for local HD programming to be offered via cable.



"Thank you for contacting Adelphia regarding HDTV. Hopefully the following information will clear up any questions you may have. HDTV, known as High-Definition television or High-resolution Digital, television is the latest technology.



There is a slight difference between DTV (digital television) and HDTV. DTV is the transmission of pure digital television signals. These signals may be broadcast over-the-air or transmitted by a cable or satellite system to your home. There, a decoder such as a digital converter box, receives the signal, and converts it to a format that can be accommodated by your television.


High Definition Television is getting a lot of press. HDTV is the highest-resolution Digital television (DTV), combined with Dolby Digital surround sound. This is the highest DTV resolution in the newest set of standards. This combination creates theater-like viewing in your home. Simply stated, you can now view wide-screen format with surround sound on your home television.


There are HDTV stations "on the air" in many larger cities. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated that all stations be capable of broadcasting in HDTV format by 2006. Stations are required to broadcast both analog and digital signals until then to give everyone time to upgrade equipment. By 2006, all transmissions will be digital.


This mandate affects cable companies and consumers in significant ways. Consumers will have to buy new equipment, either HD-ready television with built in receiver/decoders or a HD-capable television that requires the addition of an external receiver/decoder. Currently these televisions retail at $1,000-$10,000. The least expensive way to see HDTV programming right now is to buy or rent an HDTV converter for your current television. Unfortunately, the HDTV shows you see will look no better than DVD on your TV -you will get none of the resolution and format benefits of a real HDTV set. To really take advantage of HDTV today, front or rear projection HDTV sets, or plasma sets are recommended.


Cable operators and broadcasters are involved in constructive discussions about carriage arrangements, and we remain committed to providing our customers with the programming they tell us they want. In the meantime, all HDTV broadcast signals are available to consumers over-the-air, just as broadcast analog signals are available to all consumers over-the-air, so cable systems will not impede the roll out of HDTV.


Currently, research indicates that consumer demand for HDTV is low. There is a limited number of programming hours available and a limited number of HD televisions in homes today. Also with the transmission of two signals from one provider we would be required to drop some of our current programming to accommodate the additional signal. Since there are only a few customers who would benefit from the change in format, we feel it would be better to accommodate the majority of our customers, by providing as many programming services as possible. When the demand justifies the change, Adelphia will respond to meet our customers' needs.


HDTV conversion will be a process that unfolds over several years. For example, major networks still have to agree on what resolution they will use. The FCC has approved no resolutions standard. However, the ultimate destination is a significant advance - remarkably better pictures and sound for both your TV and your computer!


Sincerely,


Amy J. Raught

Customer Relations Specialist "
 

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Seems to me there's not much demand for personal golf courses, either, but that didn't stop them from writing a check for one


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I have that da%# cable but soon I'm going to call and tell them to take it out. They don't have several stations in my town which include history,espn 2 and others. We don't even have digital yet. Hell it will be the turn of the century before they get hdtv. Why doesn't' the government tell them they have to offer certain stations like they tell the satellite companies. I'm tired of supporting this inept company! If we looked into the future like they do where I worked we would be out of business by now. Hopefully they soon will be!
 

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Why doesn't' the government tell them they have to offer certain stations like they tell the satellite companies.
The must carry rules apply to both satellite and cable. Neither is required to carry local digital signals.
 

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This is nearly the same reply I got from them almost 2 years ago with a few changes. It's literally amost word for word the same. Adelphia reps are instructed to give bad info about HDTV, I'm almost 100% sure. When I called to cancel my HBO subscription a few months ago, the woman asked me why. When I told her that I just had subscribed to HBO on Dish because I wanted HD-HBO, she immediately told me, as if she had rehearsed it, that their digital cable version of HBO was almost as good as HDTV & that I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Little did this woman know who she was talking to!!! When I told her I've been watching HDTV for 2 years now & that I was quite aware of how it looked, she STILL disagreed with me & kept saying that it wasn't much better & that she's heard many customers tell her the same thing. Basically she wanted me to keep HBO on Adelphia.


Anyway, I wouldn't expect ANY HD from Adelphia for a VERY long time, if ever. They are simply against it & have no intention of ever carrying it.
 

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We have Adelphia here in Newark, Ohio as well. The area manager spoke to our Rotary groups about 9 months ago and he told me then it would be at least 2006. Our only hope is for them to be bought out.
 

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The posted response from Adelphia was pretty much the same thing I got a year ago - a lame attempt to "educate" us dumb customers who are evidently smart enough to ask about HDTV in the first place.


About 3 weeks ago I sent another email to them asking about HDTV, and explaining that every county around me, all of which are lucky enough to have Comcast, is currently rolling out HDTV. No response at all thus far, no doubt cause they're light years from even thinking about it & they've been sucked dry of all capital by their corrupt management.


This bankrupt, dark-ages company needs to be put out of its misery and bought out by another that understands modern technology. If it wasn't for the fact that their horrendously intermittent cable Internet service, with extremely poor service, is at least marginally better than dial-up service (I can't get DSL in my area), I would have ditched them long ago. As it is, I get minimal analog cable + PowerLink. I get HD OTA. I will never upgrade service with them unless they add HD to their digital offerings - assuming I haven't found another decent Internet access method by then and dropped service altogether.


What a plague on the digital landscape the Adelphia monopoly is. It's highly depressing being the only county in Maryland saddled with this festering rathole of a company.
 

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My favorite part is how the goverment is blocking the EchoStar purchase of DirectTV because they are affraid of a monopoly! That is actually funny! One thing I will say about the cable industry is that they have great lobbiest.


I would dump Adelphia in a minute if I had other choices. The only hope is that someone buys Adelphia.
 
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