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Cox’s All-Digital Train Rolls Into Omaha

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.

In its all-digital markets, Cox is offering eligible subs one free Mini Box for up to 12 months, and leasing out additional units for $1.99 per month. Cox is also providing a free CableCARD for 12 months instead of a Mini Box for subs with TiVo boxes and other CableCARD-compatible devices.