Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Comcast Starting Digital Conversion

Comcast has started the process of converting their analog subscribers to digital. It plans to offer free digital terminal adapters (DTAs) capable of supporting video on demand. Comcast will also give existing digital customers up to two DTAs at no additional cost. The company is charging $1.99 for each DTA a customer wants above that limit.

It has been clear that the cable analog subscribers are those that are most likely to move to Telco IPTV services. Cable subscribers that are considering a digital service must bring in a set-top box. That is a natural point to consider moving from cable to satellite or Telco IPTV services.
Comcast will reduce the likelihood that it will lose customers by converting them to digital with these low cost adapters.

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