[mythtv-users] Comcast just made things worse

Calvin Dodge caldodge at gmail.com
Thu May 6 04:51:35 UTC 2010

On Wed, May 5, 2010 at 10:40 PM, Ben Kamen <bkamen at benjammin.net> wrote:

> On 5/5/2010 11:34 PM, Calvin Dodge wrote:
>> We missed tonight's shows because Comcast:
>> 1) moved all the OTA digital streams to new virtual channels, and
>> 2) Removed the station and channel identifiers from most of those channels
>> When I called them to find out what was going on, I learned (at least,
>> according to the phone answerer I spoke with) that they're apparently
>> going to drop the OTA digital channels (to offer us more channels which
>> will be available ONLY with a digital set-top box), and we need to get
>> antennas if we want to receive local HD stations without using those
>> extra-cost set-top boxes.
> Doesn't that violate the OTA must carry rules??
> Where are you located, I bet your local community (and possible
> municipality) is ticked.

Lakewood, Colorado

Given the "must carry" rule, I'm wondering if the phone answerer was merely
ignorant. Maybe this is just a glitch, and some day Comcast will plug those
channel and station IDs back in.

Unfortunately, I can't wait a few days to find out. So I'll still have to
try out an antenna with our HDHomeRun and Hauppauge 1600.

Calvin Dodge
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