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Comcast Rolls with DTAs

Todd Spangler has the scoop this morning that Comcast has announced it will order up to six million digital terminal adapters (DTAs) in 2008 from Motorola, Pace and Thomson. The DTA move suggests Comcast has gotten serious about migrating to all-digital systems in the near term. That certainly jives with what Steve Burke was saying at yesterday’s SCTE panel session.

In case you’re wondering how a DTA works, there is no conditional access technology involved. All the DTA does is convert QAM signals broadcast in the clear to analog for analog subscribers. Analog subscribers can avoid making the jump to digital, but they’ll get limited channels, no program guide, and no two-way services.

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