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No deadline for Comcast

The Spokesman-Review

Please let me clarify something printed earlier (“Not all cable viewers spared,” Letters, Jan. 15) that said Comcast customers had a deadline in February.

The source of confusion may be that television broadcasters are required to transition to digital on Feb. 17. Local TV stations currently broadcast in both analog and digital, but Feb. 17 they will discontinue their analog signal. This will affect people whose TVs receive signals by antenna, but will not affect Comcast or satellite customers unless they have additional televisions connected to an antenna. Anyone whose set currently receives signals by antenna should check or call 1-888-CALL-FCC.

Separately, as the S-R described thoroughly in a Dec. 8 story, Comcast has begun offering a digital upgrade. We are doing this to take advantage of digital technology that allows us to create capacity for HD channels, faster Internet, and more services popular with customers. Comcast equipment will be provided to customers who subscribe to channels 30 and higher if they do not already have a cable box.

Comcast customers will receive several advance notices about our upgrade prior to any changes being made. To reiterate: there’s no February deadline for Comcast customers. Call 1-800-COMCAST or go to for more information.

Kenneth G. Watts

General manager, Comcast Cable Communications, Spokane


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