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Mediacom to upgrade network technology to provide expansion of high-definition TV

(MARYLAND)–Mediacom Communications announced this week that it is upgrading network technology to provide area customers with a major expansion of its high-definition lineup, while also eliminating analog reception for most family cable video channels.
Mediacom’s upgrade will remove analog television reception for all but a limited number of basic broadcast channels, which is a change to digital-only reception for channels 18 through 66. Company officials describe the digital upgrade as an investment to give all customers improved picture and audio quality and larger channel lineups.  The upgrade will include the addition of dozens of channels in the popular HD format to deliver an HD lineup with nearly 100 HD-channel choices.
With digital technology, consumers gain more value and a bigger channel selection than ever before, as well as the superior viewing experience of HDTV,” said Mediacom Area Operations Director Glenn Bisogno.  “With this digital conversion, Mediacom customers can be confident we’ll keep pace with their demand for more HD channels and ever-faster Internet speeds.”
Bisogno explained that Mediacom’s network has been delivering a simulcast of both analog and digital signals to televisions in customer homes and businesses. The upgrade will remove the analog transmission for channels 18-66.  As each analog channel is eliminated, he said, network capacity becomes available to potentially carry three high-definition channels or 10 standard-definition digital channels (SD).  Dozens of new HD channels will be added to Mediacom’s lineup in late April.  
The phase-out of analog television transmission for channels 18-66 will require customers using non-digital televisions to use digital adapters to view those channels. Bisogno explained that Mediacom will distribute digital adapters, which are small devices that convert signals from the cable network into a format that displays on any screen, including an older, analog TV.
Mediacom will provide digital adapters on a lease-free basis through April 2015 (for current customers and limited to three adapters per customer).  Customers using newer TVs with built-in digital tuners are encouraged to use adapters as a way to retain the familiar channel lineup, but the adapter is not required for continued reception of the channels converting to digital.
“Instead of seeing older televisions go to landfills, we have a simple solution using digital adapters to deliver Family Cable channels,” Bisogno said. “It also is convenient for viewers with newer televisions because the adapter automatically adds new channels without re-scanning and retains the familiar channel displays in whole numbers.  It is especially beneficial for customers with HD televisions to use our high-def adapter to gain the superior picture quality of HDTV.”  
Digital adapters are not needed on televisions connected to Mediacom digital receivers (larger cable set-top boxes). Digital adapters may be picked-up at the local Mediacom office in Dagsboro, Del. Or, customers may choose to order by phone or online and receive free shipping to their home or office.  
The website provides digital upgrade information and includes an online order form.  or call toll-free, 1-800-479-2095