By Jeff Baumgartner | Multichannel News | April 20, 2015 |
Fueling Upgrade With HD-Capable ‘Mini Box’ (Updated)
Cox Communications has kicked off an all-digital project in Omaha that will enable the MSO to reclaim analog spectrum for other services, including bigger HDTV and VOD lineups and faster Internet speeds.
The phased-in project there will be completed over the next eight months, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Update: Following an initial all-digital deployment last year Connecticut, Cox has also started similar upgrades in systems serving Rhode Island and Tulsa, Okla. New Orleans and Cleveland are among systems that are on deck. Cox is also preparing to start the all-digital process in Orange County in May, a spokesman said.
To assist with the all-digital migrations, Cox is using a “Mini Box,” a downstream-only Digital Transport Adapter (DTA) that converts digital signals to analog. Cox’s is using a new class of DTA with an HDMI port that supports HD. HD-DTAs will also come with a remote control, an on-screen guide, and parental controls. Evolution Digital and Cisco Systems are among Cox’s known HD-DTA suppliers.
Cox has set up a Web site that provides details about its all-digital transition.