[mythtv-users] FCC Broadcast Digital Channel Requirements
witmore1 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 24 16:54:32 UTC 2008
> It was my understanding that the FCC requires cable companies to
> transmit, unencrypted, all local broadcast channels over their cable
> network. For instance, I have the Time Warner Basic Cable package in
> Columbus, OH that gives me access to most of the analog channels.
> Although I have not ordered any digital package, I have also been able
> to receive the digital versions of the local ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS,
> and The CW channels. I just realized today that I can no longer
> receive FOX or ABC. Interestingly, they both are subchannels of the
> same ATSC channel. I called up the Time Warner Cable support line, and
> I was told that because I do not have any digital package I should not
> be receiving any digital channels.
> First, am I correct in my assumption that the FCC requires cable
> companies to transmit local broadcast channels in all circumstances,
> analog and digital? Second, if that's true, does anyone know of where
> I can find the FCC regulations stipulating this in case I have to
> lodge a formal complaint?
I too live in columbus and had this symptom, then I ran a new scan on my
televisions. they moved them from channel mapping 110 .1.2.3 to 78 .1.2.3
They have also from time to time left unencrypted premium channels for a few
weeks I had all of the analog versions of showtime unencrypted.
They will probably shuffle these around at thier whim, because they can
remap the cable boxes to keep them on the same organizational channel but
changing thier wire broadcast frequency. Not thinking about or caring that
some of us have ClearQAM tuners attached directly to thier network and are
using them to record from. although the old layout did last at least a year
before they shifted it.
As for tech support at time warner not knowing about thier ClearQAM
transmissions. I find that when I call level one support doesnt know much
that isnt on thier basic script. if you can see images on your screen
clearly, your cable modem light isnt blinking or you dont have a billing
question and you have to get to level 2 or 3 to get an intelligent response.
just my 2 cents
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