[mythtv-users] US cable companies and mandatory OTA channels
craig at goranson.org
Wed Jan 9 18:36:33 UTC 2008
There are specific regulations on what they must carry and how on HD and SD content after Feb 2009, but there seems to be some pretty big loop holes. Myself I put up an Antenna. You will generally get more content with antenna then cable for your local stations, as the must carry rules don't extend to multicast channels but just the primary channel. So if your local NBC affilliate has 10.1, 10.2, and 10.3 you will only get the 10.1 on cable.
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From: Florin Andrei
To: Discussion about mythtv
Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2008 10:09 AM
Subject: [mythtv-users] US cable companies and mandatory OTA channels
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
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.
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