By John Speer
Central Iowa Press
If you are a Mediacom cable customer locally and use an older television set, you're soon going to need an add-on device to receive much of your programming.
Phyllis Peters, Mediacom communications director, said Monday a further change in signals from analog to digital will require the a digital adapter beginning Nov. 1.
If your television was purchased new after March, 2007, the device is not needed.
Peters said Mediacom will furnish the digital adapter free until January 30, 2013. After that, the rental fee will be 99 cents monthly per device.
For the free period, each household may get up to three without the charge.
To order adapters, call toll-free 855-230-2225 or visit www.MediacomCable.com/Order
Peters says customers will receive a kit containing the device, cable, electrical connection and full instructions to connect it.
Depending upon supply, the adapter may be as small as a cellular telephone or about twice that size.
With the adapter, your older television will still be able to receive channels in the "family cable tier - 23-80 - with what the company says provides "Superior digital picture and sound."
It will also promise more reliable service than analog and allow for additional digital channels and high-definition programming, Mediacom says.
Mediacom customers will be receiving a mailing explaining the change in detail soon.
Among cities served by Mediacom affected by the change are Tama, Toledo, Garwin, Gladbrook, Traer, Dysart, Reinbeck and Grundy Center.