[mythtv-users] Comcast just made things worse

Douglas Peale Douglas_Peale at comcast.net
Thu May 6 05:03:15 UTC 2010

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On 05/05/2010 09:40 PM, Ben Kamen 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.
>  -Ben
Depends. My understanding of the must carry rule is that in order for it to apply, the broadcaster must request that their station be carried, and provide signal to the cable head end free of charge.
If the broadcaster wants to charge the cable company to carry the signal, the must carry rule does not apply.

That being said, I suspect that the person you talked to lied in an attempt to sell you a more expensive cable plan.
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