Cox Cable in Tulsa flipping switch to go all digital

Starting Tuesday, all TVs will need a digital box to get cable channels

Tuesday, July 14th Cox Cable in Tulsa will flip the switch to make all of its cable channels digital, meaning subscribers will need some kind of converter to watch them.

Local channels will still be available for about two weeks until the company completes the transition.

However, any televisions that are connected directly to the wall cable connection will no longer receive any cable channels.

Customers that already have a Contour or other digital box won't have to do anything.

However, those without a digital receiver will have to get one for any TV on which they want to watch cable television.

The least expensive alternative is the "mini-box." a small converter about the size of two smart phones stacked on top of one another.

Each customer will get one mini-box free; the rental fee for additional mini-boxes is $1.99 per month apiece.

There's an upside for the customers, as the mini-boxes, like regular digital receivers, include an on-screen menu.

Customers will also receiver 34 television channels and 50 music channels they didn't previously get with analog service.

Moreover, Bruce Berkinshaw, Director of Product Operations for Cox in Tulsa, says the switch means more positive changes down the road for Cox customers.

"We are going to be launching one gigabit (Internet) service because we're freeing bandwidth. We're going to have more on demand channels, more HD. This is really a great news story for the customers in Tulsa," he told KRMG.

The faster Internet service will be rolled out in various areas of town over the next year or so.

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