Charter latest to pull plug on analog

First it was Comcast switching to all-digital in Chicago, now its Charter Communications that is dumping the old cable analog boxes in St. Louis.

Charter, the dominant cable provider in the St. Louis area, will no longer service analog cable boxes as of July 17th.

Unlike what Comcast did last month in Chicago, in which it shut off its analog service and switched to all-digital, Charter isn’t shutting off the service until February 2009, when all analog service ends and switches to digital. If the older boxes work, consumers can keep them, but if they break, they have to exchange the boxes for digital ones.