Tuesday, December 23, 2008
By Billy Gil | Posted: 18 Dec 2008
U.S. cable companies such as Comcast will give their customers free equipment for the transition from analog to digital TV signals taking place Feb. 17, 2009, according to Reuters.
About 15% of U.S. households currently receive analog-only transmissions, Reuters reports. Cable customers will automatically be switched to digital transmissions when the government-mandated change happens.
According to Reuters, consumer advocacy groups had criticized cable companies for offering confusing new channel packages or resetting rates along with the change. The National Cable and Television Association said it will provide free equipment and service to all-analog cable households through June 2009.