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Cox Delays DTV Transition Until 2012

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Get ready for a slew of DTV transition posts as we approach the one-year countdown. (I’ll have my own up soon enough.) In the meantime, however, there’s word out of Cox that the operator will continue offering analog signals until February 2012, three years after the official transition date in 2009. That’s good news for analog customers, but what does it mean for Cox cable?

Here’s a look at some of the pros and cons of the decision.

Pros:

  • Cox doesn’t have to spend money on DTV converter boxes for all of its analog customers
  • There’s no need for a large wave of truck rolls next January
  • There won’t be a mass of customer complaints from folks wondering why TV doesn’t just work like it used to

Cons:

3 Responses

  1. [...] as the broadcast digital transition date nears, cable operators are in varying stages of moving to all-digital transmissions.  The buzz around digital transport adapters started back [...]

  2. [...] doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for HD content and advanced services. Cox may be able to delay its transition to all-digital until 2012, but that’s with a 1 GHz network in place and 1 GHz CPE on the way. And even though few (if [...]

  3. [...] MHz cable plant. At the other end of the spectrum, Cox upgraded to 1 GHz years ago and has thereby been able to hold onto its analog channels, a competitive strategy designed to lure those subscribers who still own several analog TV sets. [...]

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