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Cablers to Provide Equipment for Digital TV Transition

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.

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Posted on 2008-12-20 14:34:14

Cable companys are ripping people off once again and they will get away with it. They are automatically upgrading peoples services to digital and by june 2009, they will bill the customers for the forced upgrade. The cable companys said " this digital transition would not affect their customers " , however they avoided mentioning that there would be additional costs to their viewers. Some companys are even selling or renting digital cable converter boxes to viewers who are forced to upgrade their cable subscription. So, once again the cable companys have gotten away with deceptive advertising and they are using this transition to get more revenue from their customers.


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