Cox Communications Inc. announced Monday that it has launched its second
high-definition-television market, Las Vegas.
This marks the first time Cox has commercially deployed integrated HDTV
set-top boxes in digital-cable boxes. The MSO previously launched HDTV using
sidecars in Omaha, Neb.
Cox digital-cable customers in Las Vegas who lease integrated HDTV receivers
can access up to seven HDTV channels: local digital-broadcast feeds from CBS and
PBS affiliates; two HDTV feeds of Home Box Office; two HDTV feeds from Showtime
Networks Inc.; and Discovery High Definition Theater.
Discovery HD carries a monthly subscription fee of $5. HDTV feeds from HBO
and Showtime are included in the monthly multiplex subscriptions from the
respective premium-movie services.
In its press release, Cox noted that direct-broadcast satellite competitors
do not offer local broadcast stations in HDTV. EchoStar Communications Corp.
does carry a national CBS feed in HDTV, but only to subscribers in qualifying