Re: Channel Bonding only on Consumer Owned Modems? In miami it is better if everyone has an 8 channel modem. As pointed out, the 6120 only bonds 4 downstream channels. We provide 8 channels in our miami system. Each channel has a maximum bandwidth of 38mbps. So if you you have say 100 customers bonding only 4 channels, split their connection by 4, you can hit maximum utilization on those 4 channels faster than if every customer was bonding 8 channels, because now we are balancing the load across 8 38mbps channels. So in miami, we use 8 channel bonded modems. They haven't said anything about not wanting to let customers use 4 channel modems, but I could in theory see it becoming an issue at some point. Maybe not. We haven't had utilization issues since doing our d3 system upgrades. We use Arris cm820a and motorola surfboard 6180 in miami as our primary cable modems, they both perform fine. We have tested to our maximum speed, 110mbps and both modems can provide that amount of bandwidth. I'm sure that one modem chipset may in fact function better than another, but we have customers using pretty much every make and model of docsis 3 modem you can imagine and none have presented major issues that we are aware of.
Re: ABB Going Switched Digital Video and/or digital in 2014? Analog isn't going away in Altoona/Johnstown. There is a certain segment of the population that pays for basic cable and it needs to remain analog for them for the foreseeable future. SDV was originally slated for 2013 but was pushed to 2014. Other areas have switched or may be switching to digital, which does require a digital box. My understanding (I don't work in the dept. that primarily deals with tv) is when they switch an area they offer customers two boxes at no charge. These are not the same as the normal cable boxes that Digital Value and up customers get, they're just digital tuners basically.
SDV will probably require a cable box for the channels that get removed. Basically some channels get move to a transmit on demand status. In order to get a channel that is SDV, you have to have a device capable of two way communication. Most tv tuners, even digital ones, only receive signals, not send them. The real question for your family member is will any of the channels they watch in the value tier get moved to SDV? I don't know at this time unfortunately. This is something that the company is generally good about addressing, if we force you to have equipment they generally offer a couple for no additional charge. None of this is set in stone, I really am not sure what Atlantic Broadband is going to do yet, other than SDV is still the plan to my knowledge. The above is basically a more detailed explanation of how SDV works.
As for credit checks and deposits, I don't handle those things, so I can't speak to that. I would recommend you call customer service for further info.
Re: TiVo questions ABB themselves states it's Digital Only:
"You may be trying to access an antenna or analog cable channel. The TiVo T6 DVR, Tivo Mini, or TiVo Preview does not receive analog channels."
So this is why I am so confused. I mean they do have Limited Basic simulcasted now, but I doubt if you are spending extra for the TiVo you don't only want Limited Basic, LoL.
Also we don't obviously have a digital HD version of every single analog that's not in digital yet, so not sure how they would get Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, truTV, etc.
Looks like ABB's got some "splanin" (Ricky Ricardo) to do, LoL.
But either way JimmyK814 I am totally interested in your results. I've have no one I know personally with a CableCard to see what's available with it, only "ClearQAM" tuner folks. Also if you can provide Channel Num/Freq, that would be totally awesome.