While I love the cable industry, I have to disagree with L33. I fully support cable going 100% digital only, which means I support forcing cable customers to do what DBS customers have to do. Digital set top terminals for every TV set.
I do agree with the technology part but in a different light. With DBS you've got upgrading issues. New receivers for MPEG 4, new dish antennas to see additional orbital slots, new multiswiches for the new LNBs, etc. I no way I’m I saying this is bad, it’s the opposite, it’s progress. But personally, I’d rather have the cable company do the upgrading at their end and if need be I go to the office for new hardware. No cost, no commitment and relatively simple.
At least with cable there will be a cable card option, if you are lucky enough
to have bought a new TV with a cable card slot. With the July 1 FCC new cable card rule, TV manufacturers will be making new TVs with the slot. Or if you buy your own set top box with cable card slot. I have two Sony DVRs with cable card slot. Also, even with cable going all digital, most new TVs have QAM that will pick up unencrypted channels. Satellite does not have these options.