Cable television subscribers in the Binghamton area continue to stream into Spectrum's store in Vestal to pick up converter boxes now needed to view their favorite programs.

Spectrum cable TV systems are completing a digital rollout which requires customers to use converter boxes. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Spectrum spokesman Andrew Russell said the company rolled out what's called the "all-digital upgrade" in the Binghamton market in early February.

The transition started with customers in the Oneonta and Cooperstown areas. The change is occurring across the region on a rolling basis through the end of this month.

Russell said Spectrum does not divulge customer numbers, so it's not known how many people are affected by each phase of the transition.

In an emailed response to a series of questions, Russell wrote that hours have been extended to accommodate customers at Spectrum stores. He added most Binghamton-area customers already have at least one piece of digital equipment in their homes. That means for most customers, they may need a box to connect a secondary TV.

Spectrum has hired security guards to direct traffic as customers visit the company store on Plaza Drive in Vestal.

Spectrum cable customers are learning that the end is near for analog service. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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