Those with Cox Communications service in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa will need to get a small converter box before July 14th in order to continue their service. Manager of Public Affairs Beth Weiss says they are moving to 100% digital services.
Weiss says, “It will allow them to reclaim about 40% of the bandwidth. What that does is allows us to give more channels, more music channels, faster internet speed. It is something we need to do to keep up with the way the world is moving.”
Weiss says the change will allow them to provide about 40 new channels to customers. She says it will also improve reception.
Cox customers will need to contact the company to get a converter box. The only customers that will need the converter are those connecting to cable directly with a wall coax cord. This will not impact users that already have the larger cable box installed. All TV’s not connected to that larger cable box will need a converter in order to receive service.
Weiss says the cable converter boxes are free of charge for one year. After that customers will be billed $1.99 a month.