Midcontinent Communications plans digital upgrade for Dakotas cable plant

Midcontinent Communications plans to upgrade its cable plant in North and South Dakota to digital beginning next year. Limited basic services will remain in analog.

MidcontinentEligible customers have the option to receive up to two digital adapters at no cost from Midcontinent. Additional adapters can be leased for $2 per month.

"These changes will help us bring new services to our customers and prepare us for future technology," Midcontinent's senior vice president of public policy Tim Simmons said in a statement.

The upgrade will give the company more bandwidth, which can be used to provide faster broadband speeds, add HD programming and provide a greater selection of on-demand programs, Simmons said. The South Dakota-based company serves more than 9,000 subscribers in West Fargo, Moorhead and many surrounding communities.

For more:
- see this story
- and the release
- see Midcontinent's informational video here

Related articles:
Rising tide for digital watermarking
SCTE Cable-Tec Expo: Cable leaving digital era, entering Internet era
Digital set-top box market to rise 10% to 226 million by 2015

Suggested Articles

For now, it looks like Netflix and everyone else still have space to grow.

Flex, which Comcast recently made free for its subscribers, is a lot like X1 but not centered on Comcast’s linear video product.

Beginning Dec. 10, Comcast will replace Starz and begin offering Epix, a premium network owned by MGM, in some of its Xfinity TV premium packages.