Cable Companies Hold Off On Digital Conversion To Avoid Confusion (And Potential Lawsuits)

from the makes-sense dept

There's tremendous confusion out there about February's required switch for broadcast TV from analog to digital. For example, an awful lot of people who have cable or satellite TV don't realize that this conversion basically has no impact on them. It's only for over-the-air TV (you know, the kind you used rabbit ear antennas for). Many assume, incorrectly, that it has something to do with cable TV's "digital TV" or (even less related) needing to get HDTV. Digital TV and HDTV are two separate things. Yet, there has been some accusations that cable companies are taking advantage of this confusion to get people to upgrade, even if they don't need to. In response to such criticism, cable TV operators have now all agreed to put their own digital conversion plans on hold until after the over-the-air conversion is complete, to avoid "complexity." It might also help them avoid lawsuits for misleading consumers...

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    Nick, 17 Dec 2008 @ 8:53pm

    and another thing....

    I sure wish the cable companies would get off the "you have to use our box" crap. It would be nice if cable went back to being cable, and I could just plug the wire in to any device I wanted - like straight in to my TV, or into my Windows Media Center box. They're so paranoid about people ripping off their content, that they're making it almost impossible for legitimate consumers like me to actually consume the product :(

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