Insight Communications, Lexington's cable provider, has completed its upgrade to digital cable from analog.
The company waited until more than 99 percent of customers had access to digital cable either through a digital box or mini-boxes, spokesman Jason Keller said.
"We're beginning the second phase, which is really the most exciting phase for our customers," Keller said.
The company will soon announce additional high-definition channels that will be available because of the bandwidth freed up by eliminating the bandwidth-heavy analog channels, he said. Insight also will soon announce details about residential broadband Internet access of up to 50 Mbps.
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Another feature that will be unveiled about the same time is multi-room access to programs stored on digital video recorders. It's an evolution of the company's current offering that allows people to begin watching on-demand programming in one room and continue in another.
New CN|2 sports show
Insight has debuted its sports-themed show on CN|2, its Kentucky-themed channel available on channel 2.
Matt Jones, the founder of KentuckySportsRadio.com, is hosting Kentucky Sports Television at 7:30 p.m. weeknights with repeats airing at 11 p.m.
Jones' show follows Pure Politics, hosted by former Herald-Leader political writer Ryan Alessi. That program airs at 7 p.m. and repeats at 11:30 p.m.
The shows have not yet set schedules for how often they will air during the holidays, Keller said.
Catching up with Sam Dick
Even though long-time WKYT (Channel 27) anchor Sam Dick is home recuperating from successful prostate cancer surgery, viewers won't be without him until his return after Christmas.
Before his surgery, the station filmed a public-service announcement with him and a dozen prostate cancer survivors. It began airing last week.
The station also has been documenting his surgery, and Dick plans to put a story together about the procedure after he returns, news director Robert Thomas said.
In the meantime, Dick has been blogging about his experience while recovering. Read the blog at WKYT.com by clicking on the "Living with Prostate Cancer" box.
Comings and goings
Larry Cory, who worked for sports radio station WLXG (1300 AM), is no longer on air. Cory hosted a Sunday morning show that is now filled by Jim Tirey, said Jim MacFarlane of station owner LM Communications.
Cory was offered a sales job but turned it down and was released by the radio group, he said.
"We didn't have a place for him," MacFarlane said.
Cory also is a singer and impersonator of Elvis Presley, and he plans to pursue those avenues more, he said.
■ WLEX has made two new hires recently. Lindsay Schwarzwaelder joins the NBC affiliate's weather team as its fourth meteorologist. Schwarzwaelder, who recently worked in Buffalo, N.Y., regularly appears on the station's new 4 p.m. newscast.
WLEX also has hired Josh Breslow, a reporter who most recently worked at WTVW in Evansville, Ind.
■ After 21/2 years, reporter Janet Kim has left WKYT for a similar job at Nashville's CBS station. WKYT has begun a search for a replacement.