reply to nevadabell
Re: Comcast Oregon channels changes late 2008 The Statesman Journal posted a FAQ from Comcast outlining the transition. Among other highlights:
1) It looks like standard/expanded basic is going the way of the dodo. It repeatedly mentions that affected customers are getting access to a bunch of channels that currently are on only Digital Starter, so presumably everyone is getting moved there (it's the same price).
2) 3 free digital adapters; 1 set top box and 2 DTAs. Comcast says there's no monthly charge, I don't know if this is a temporary thing, or 1+2 for free is being built in to all digital packages.
3) They specifically mention this as allowing faster internet services. So DOCSIS 3 is coming, we just don't know when.
Also of interest, the newspaper had the customer percentages. 75% are already digital, 10% are standard/expanded basic, and the last 15% are limited basic. So this change only really affects some 10% of their customers here.
And finally, it looks like the digital side of the transition is already done. I'll start sniffing with my HDHomeRun later and see if the the digital EB channels are indeed there and unencrypted.