Starting today, most of the Comcast customers in Broward and Miami will need a digital converter box attached to every television in order to see any channels beyond the basic 25-or-so.
It's part of Comcast's move to a new digital platform with expanded offerings. My home already converted in early 2010, as did much of Broward, but most of Miami and Key Biscayne are being switched over today.
It's no biggie if you already have some sort of set top box from Comcast, like a HD receiver or DVR. But if you have a secondary television, like in a bedroom or kitchen that just connects to the cable in the wall, then you will need to add one of these boxes.
Comcast is giving three free boxes to each home, and you can either have someone come out to help you install the units, or have the company send you a self-install kit. But chances are if you are effected by this, Comcast already contacted you.
Comcast hasn't gotten to everyone in South Florida just yet. The switchover process will continue to neighborhoods throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties until the first quarter of 2012.
This week, Comcast also started offering more Spanish-language content, and launched a new web portal: XfinityTV.com/latinoTV.
You can read more in today's story: Comcast expands digital offerings to Miami