Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Good news, bad news for Comcast customers

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Depending on how you use Comcast's cable service in your home and/or business, you might be much happier, or much more frustrated, between now and the end of 2010, according to a Denver Post story.

First, the good news: If you have high-definition cable service, you could have about 100 high-def channels from Comcast after a planned conversion is done. That's about double what the cable provider now offers, and should mean the higher-quality signal for the likes of MSNBC, Weather Channel, CNN and many others.

Now, the not-so-good news: If you have basic cable without a digital box, you'll be losing more than 40 channels that no longer will be provided in analog (non-digital) form. So if you have an extra TV in your home or office with the cable simply screwed into the back of the TV with no box, you'll be losing ESPN, Food Network, MTV, MSNBC, HGTV and more. You'll still have local-based stations but not many others.

For customers who have digital signals on one or more TVs already, they'll have to obtain digital adapters. Comcast apparently will offer those customers one digital box and two adapters at no cost, with extra adapters costing $1.99 a month. The Post story says "hundreds of thousands" of Comcast customers might have to add some equipment to their TVs.

If you read through the explanations at Comcast.com, you can determine how the changes will affect you.

Here's the Post story.

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