[mythtv-users] US cable companies and mandatory OTA channels

Florin Andrei florin at andrei.myip.org
Wed Jan 9 18:09:30 UTC 2008

Question for the US users:

I've heard that cable companies are required (by law? regulation? 
agreement?) to include in their cable listing all stations that would 
otherwise be accessible in that area OTA.

My question is - does that apply to just the content, or the actual 
format too? In other words, if a station can be received in HD OTA, does 
that mean that it will be received in HD via cable too? Or can the cable 
company just provide that station in SD, even though OTA it's being 
broadcast HD?

I'm asking because I need to decide whether it's worth the trouble to 
install an antenna on the roof, or whether just using cable is fine.

Florin Andrei


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