In case you didn't know, the upcoming DTV transition from analog to digital television shouldn't affect cable subscribers at all. But that's not stopping cable companies from using the increasingly well-publicized and misunderstood transition to encourage potential customers to cough up more money.
Take this report by HD Guru Gary Merson, who called NYC-area cable provider Cablevision posing as a regular customer and was told that "due to government regulation," the company would no longer carry analog channels. As Gary points out, this is patently false--nothing in the government's mandated transition prevents cable companies from continuing service as-is. They may, however, decide to force analog-only subscribers to get a digital subscription and the requisite box, which of course adds a monthly box rental fee and opens up the possibility of customers ordering lucrative Pay-Per-View and Video-On-Demand services.