Throughout the over-the-air digital transition cable companies made a point of advertising how it wouldn't affect cable customers. While part of their message was focused on how that they were already providing their customers cable boxes, they also tried to reach out to people who were reluctant to buy converter boxes by telling them that they'd still be able to plug their cable straight into their TV's like they were used to.
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While, it may have been true at the time, it was also a bit of a disingenuous claim as the entire time the cable companies knew that someday very soon they'd be doing the exact same thing. And, at least up here in Seattle, that day is here.
Now, I know for us HTPC enthusiast this has lots of game changing implications but, at least for this post, I'm not going to focus on those. For today, lets just start with the why.
So why are cable companies going to all the trouble of removing most of their analog channels? I mean when you think about it the process is ridiculously complicated, they'll be flooded with calls from confused customers, and they'll have to give out millions of free DTA converter boxes. Does any of that sound like something your cable company would go out of its way to do? And yet they're doing it anyway and I can explain why in just two pictures and one word: bandwidth.