For the Comcast Digital Migration, we are upgrading our network to provide channels in a digital format with digital-quality signals on all TVs connected to Comcast service. This migration will improve picture quality, allow us to offer over 3,000 HD choices and enable us to provide our customers with access to over 17,000 On Demand titles. In addition, our enhanced network will enable us to deliver faster Internet access speeds and enhanced home phone service.
The channels impacted by the network upgrade will vary by area. When the Digital Migration starts in your area, we will notify you with letters and postcards about the upgrade and impacted channels in your area. *Expanded Basic Cable package includes 30 to 50 channels, including many of the most popular cable channels like Disney, ESPN, MTV, and Fox News.
But to get all this "goodness" you need their new DTA converter boxes to access the channel(first two free of charge)
Here is the good part, if you have a HDTV with a qam tuner where you use to get all the Over the Air HD local channels, kiss it goodbye!
For the Comcast Digital Migration, will I need equipment if I have a digital TV with a QAM tuner?
If you currently have a Digital QAM tuner, you will be able to continue to receive Limited Basic Cable channels and do not need a digital device. All televisions, including those using QAM tuners, will not be able to view Expanded Basic channels without a digital device or CableCard.
....How will my broadcast high-definition (HD) channels be affected by using a Digital Adapter?
The Digital Adapter (DTA) does not support HD signals. Comcast offer HD set-top boxes for a monthly service fee, which provides access to over 1,000 HD choices. If you wish to keep access to broadcast HD channels, you can continue to receive the Limited Basic channels (including broadcast HD) without Comcast equipment; however, Expanded Basic channels or higher channel levels would not be accessible.
So for this upgrade I lose what I was already paying for and to get it back I need to pay an additional monthly lease fee.
If Congress wants to hammer Comcast and their merger with NBC, a good place to start is to stop them from screwing consumers over in this manner.