In Pt 5: Tears for tiers (August 21, 2014), I said:
“(Analog) is an unadvertised (Cox) feature, and works for those with at least the Essential level of service. But there is no guarantee how long this will be available. The cable company will no doubt delete this anachronism without warning at some point, could be a year, could be 5 years.”
It will be just under a year from that statement; see the Tulsa World, 3/17/2015:
“Cox Communications will soon require customers to use boxes for cable”
by Robert Evatt, World Business Writer
“As technology marches on, the time has finally come: Cox Communication’s analog signals are being phased out, and as a result cable subscribers soon won’t be able plug their TVs directly to the wall.
“Instead, subscribers into Cox’s TV Starter pack, or those with higher packages that plug secondary TVs into the wall without a box, will need to get mini boxes in order to keep getting a signal after August 4.
“Bruce Berkinshaw, director of product operations at Cox Communications, said this move could affect up to 70 percent of all subscribers.
“’This is the biggest change we’ve ever done,’ he said.”
“The good news is that one new, palm-sized hardware per household will be available at no initial cost for one year; some Cox customers may qualify for an extended use plan. After the first year, Cox will charge $1.99 per month for each box in a household.”
“That’s the carrot. Here’s the stick — customers without a box will begin to lose their channels five at a time starting Tuesday, May 26.”
Sure and begorrah, St. Patrick’s Day could be a fine day to begin the savin’ o’ the green.