reply to novalight
Re: Charter is forcing everyone to have cable tv boxes All cable companies agreed to delay switching, for three years, to all digital in June 2009. This was done to avoid confusion with the rabbit ear OTA change to all digital ATSC. The three years is over. Most cable companies offered a free box time period, when they gave out the digital to analog converter boxes to subscribers at no charge. Are you sure Charter did not have one of those time periods and you missed it? After that time period, the companies got tough and demanded payment for the boxes. The companies are not too concerned about the loss of customers who will be forced to leave because of non compliance. The freed up bandwidth is extremely valuable. It is needed for more and better HD video signals, better VOIP, and possibly better internet service. Analog is too inefficient and needs to be shut down. The cable companies are trying to use every bit of technology to pass more Bytes of data per second through the existing physical hybrid fiber coaxial infrastructure at the least long term cost. Goodbye analog cable video, you served us well, but your time has passed.