[mythtv-users] Damn you Time Warner

Greg Oliver greg.oliver at cistera.com
Tue Apr 8 21:17:04 UTC 2008

On Tue, 2008-04-08 at 14:02 -0700, Brad DerManouelian wrote:

> Brian Wood wrote:
> > On Apr 8, 2008, at 2:41 PM, Brad Fuller wrote:
> >> On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 12:51 PM, R. G. Newbury  
> >> <newbury at mandamus.org> wrote:
> >>> Read 47 CFR 76  It's your usual dense hard to read regulatory bumf.  
> >>> but
> >>> TW is required by law to carry locally receiveable OTA channels
> >>> (must-carry channels) in the clear, without encryption.
> >> Do you know if that includes stations that the cable company hasn't
> >> carried in the past, but have started to? e.g. independent stations.
> >>
> >> Or put another way, are they *required* to carry ALL OTA stations?
> > 
> > Assuming it is a "significantly viewed" local station, the station has  
> > two options:
> > 
> > They can insist that the cable company carry their signal, and the  
> > cable company must comply (there are exceptions for systems with  
> > limited channel capacity, which is very few today).
> > 
> > They can require the cable company to pay a fee to the station in  
> > order to carry their signal, which the cable system is then free to  
> > not do.
> > 
> > Generally smaller independent stations choose the first option, and  
> > major network affiliates go for the second.
> > 
> > beww
> DirecTV gets around this by allowing you to hook up an antenna to your 
> STB and tune HD OTA channels with it. I'm not sure if this applies to 
> cable as well. That's not to say they don't carry local HD stations as 
> many satellite companies do, but the OTA Antenna is always an option on 
> their boxes.
> -Brad

DirecTV gets away with it because they are not regulated the same way as
cable by the  FCC..  There are 0 requirements for them to provide
locals.  In fact, back in their early days, they could *not* provide
locals unless you had poor OTA coverage..

I have yet to find a digital cable box that had menus I like, so I have
always been satellite since it's inception - that's why I can't wait for
the component capture devices...
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