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telcodad
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join:2011-09-16
Lincroft, NJ
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reply to PaulGo

Re: [DTA] What DTAs is Comcast acquiring that are brand new

Wow, that would be great then, as there are a few Digital Preferred channels I like to get on my DTAs right now. And if they include the Rovi DTA program guide, that would even better. Then I'd swap out some one of my current (SD) ones, that I pay $1.99/mo for, for one of those.

It would be nice if there is someone on this forum that's involved in the field trial that could let us know about all this for sure.


gate1975mlm
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join:2001-09-30
Philadelphia, PA
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When is this new HD DTA going to be available in the Philadelphia Area?

And will I be able to trade in my 2 old free DTA's for the HD ones? And will they still be free?

rody_44
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join:2004-02-20
Quakertown, PA
I doubt it. Free goes away with about anything now. I just upgraded my package and away went the free dtas.b They are 1.99 now. The hd ones will probably end up costing more anyway.

dishrich

join:2006-05-12
Springfield, IL
said by rody_44:

I doubt it. Free goes away with about anything now. I just upgraded my package and away went the free dtas.b They are 1.99 now.

Well a couple months ago, when I upgraded from limited basic to X3 play, my (2) FREE DTA's remained FREE even after the upgrade. Maybe you should check on that & try to get them back down to FREE...


telcodad
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Lincroft, NJ
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reply to gate1975mlm
said by gate1975mlm:

When is this new HD DTA going to be available in the Philadelphia Area?

Well, according to that recent CED Magazine article (»www.cedmagazine.com/news/2012/08···loyments ):
"... with plans to have them more broadly deployed in customers homes later this year." but We havent actually announced the date when paying subscribers will start getting HD DTAs."

From a post back in April by Comcast insider "J Jefferson3" (»Re: [DTA] Motorola's High Definition Digital Transport Adapter) it sounded like Comcast is waiting for the FCC to lift the prohibition on encrypting the Limited Basic tier of digital channels (which appears to be imminent: »www.broadcastingcable.com/articl···_Ban.php) before releasing the HD-DTAs. In that post he also said "This decision only affects [the] Freedom Region because they were to be the first markets for the HD-DTAs" so it seems our area may be the first to see them.

said by gate1975mlm:

And will I be able to trade in my 2 old free DTA's for the HD ones? And will they still be free?

What Comcast's policy will be on this is not clear yet, but I think if you try to trade in older SD-DTAs for the new HD ones, they will probably lose their grandfathered "first 2 DTAs are free" status.

As for the cost, I think the HD-DTAs may still be priced at $1.99/mo., as I think they are supposed to be the only DTAs that will then be provided and also as a concession to the FCC for lifting the basic tier encryption ban.


telcodad
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Lincroft, NJ
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An excellent article on DTAs on the CED Magazine site today:

CPE: Digital transport adapters expand their horizons
DTAs’ role in the cable operator environment becomes more prominent

By Mike Robuck, CED Magazine - September 28, 2012
»www.cedmagazine.com/articles/201···horizons


owlyn
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join:2004-06-05
Newtown, PA
reply to rody_44
That was probably a mistake. They are grandfathered in.


telcodad
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Lincroft, NJ
kudos:15
reply to telcodad
From an article today on the Light Reading Cable site about Humax targeting some new products for Comcast (»www.lightreading.com/document.as···lr_cable ):
But rather than targeting Comcast's business for video gateways, Humax appears to be focused on the lower end of the market, placing early efforts on IP-only HD client boxes and a new line of QAM-based HD Digital Terminal Adapter (DTA) devices. (See Comcast HD-DTAs Reach the FCC: »www.lightreading.com/document.as···lr_cable)


telcodad
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Lincroft, NJ
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reply to telcodad
From:
Cable-Tec Expo: Evolution Digital Screws In Wall-Plate DTA
Digital-to-Analog Device Aimed a Multidwelling Units

By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News - October 19, 2012
»www.multichannel.com/cable-opera···a/139894

Evolution Digital said operators including Comcast are planning to deploy its HD wall-plate digital terminal adapter ...
:
Comcast will deploy the Liberty devices in 2013, according to Smith. Comcast spokeswoman Jenni Moyer declined to confirm its rollout of the wall-plate DTAs.