Friday, May 01, 2009

Comcast Presses Forward to Eliminate Analog Channels

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Based on a conference call Comcast hosted for analysts, Comcast is pressing forward to eliminate most if not all analog channels and move towards an entirely digital lineup. reports that the project named "Project Cavalry" intends to spend

"roughly a billion dollars to reclaim 40 to 50 channels of analog spectrum, freeing up bandwidth for DOCSIS 3.0, more HD channels, and more VOD"

This is good on one hand as it frees up bandwidth for Comcast to add more HD channels, VOD and internet services.  But for many HTPC users it makes those analog tuners useless and forces more towards CableCard, Hauppauge HD-PVRs and for the unencyrpted channels, QAM tuners like the SiliconDust HDHR.  For those who didn't want a cable box in the home this is not the best of news.