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I just received an email about COX’s plan to move HD channels.
This is a bad decision and does not make sense. Many people, like myself, have smart remotes, many DVR settings and other home automation that rely on current channel placement. Please reconsider!
On Jun 8, 2018, at 9:41 AM, Cox Communications, Inc. <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
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Dear Barry,On June 12th, Cox will relocate High Definition (HD) channels to where you find their equivalent Standard Definition (SD) channels today. That means you'll be able to access your shows and movies with higher picture quality on shorter, easy-to-remember channel numbers.This change will happen automatically. Your DVR recordings of HD channels will not be affected by the channel number change. But HD shows that are currently set to record in SD will need to be set to record in HD. Once complete, you'll be able to enjoy all your favorite HD shows and movies.SEE YOUR CHANNEL LINEUP AT COX.COM/CHANNELS WHAT IF THERE IS NO HD VERSION OF A CHANNEL? In these instances, the SD version will remain at its current position. WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO FIND HD CHANNELS AT THEIR CURRENT NUMBERS? Yes. You will be able to find HD channels positioned above channel 1000 at their current numbers. VISIT COX.COM/CHANNELS FOR YOUR CHANNEL LINEUP Sincerely, Cox Communications
Can you explain exactly how this change will make for a better experience?
Better experience? There will be fewer buttons to press. However, the lack of foresight has created your inconvenience.
This "relocation" should have occurred 9 years ago during the digital transition. Providers knew there would eventually be a day when SD sets (SDTV, 480i, 4:3) would be eliminated through attrition, so they should have originally planned for that day. All HD channels should have been assigned to fewer-digit frequencies.
But they waited while smarts, automation and convenience consumed everything digital. Cox should have done this in 2009 and forced the Luddites to press 4 buttons.
Luddite? I press one button on my harmony remote for 99% of our most watched channels. If your gonna be a ***, please stay out of my conversations.
Start forcing the Luddites to press 4 button in 2009. Meaning, everyone with a widescreen set...in 2009...would have since been pressing fewer buttons.