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<<On Thu, 15 Nov 2001 01:21:47 -0500, "A. Joseph Ross" <lawyer@attorneyross.com> said:

> Will the converter be needed for cable?  Or is that what this
> new-fangled Digital Cable is about?

Digital Cable is the cable-TV industry's way of trying to prevent
Digital (broadcast) TV from ever becoming a market reality.  Although
digital TV includes mechanisms which were put there specifically for
the benefit of cable TV operators, that industry has generally spurned
ATSC in favor of a different MPEG-based transmission system.  So far,
the FCC has not ruled on whether cable companies must carry digital TV
signals unmodified, although they have ruled that digital-only TV
stations have the same must-carry rights as analog stations do,
provided that they bear the cost of converting their primary signal
back to analog at each cable company's headend.