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Charter flips switch on all-digital network

Mon, 07/05/2004 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Charter Communications removed the "trial" label from its all-digital initiative in Long Beach, Calif. over the holiday weekend.

Charter, which began testing the all-digital network in January, said it moved into commercial deployment on July 4 in Long Beach and nearby Signal Hill. Charter, which has achieved greater than 65 percent digital penetration in Long Beach, is simulcasting 96 channels to fuel the migration, and plans to add more as it obtains approvals from programmers.

The MSO will commemorate the commercial launch with coverage of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Long Beach, set to get underway July 7 at the 10,000-seat Charter All Digital Aquatic Centre.

"As the first city in America to boast an all-digital network, Long Beach will be the hub of technological and athletic convergence this summer," said Charter President & CEO Carl Vogel, in a release.

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