I think the bottom line here is that YMMV with regards to analog. I can see Comcast having gone fully digital by now. They are, from what I hear, evil. Charter on the other hand is trying to work its way back from bankruptcy, so they can't really afford to be totally evil. And just to stir the pot even more... I was in a resort town in Colorado in January that has community run cable. They still run HBO in the clear on analog channel 3. Mind boggling!