Originally Posted by u20v00a
I live in Manhattan in midtown east and have been using clear QAM to pick up broadcast TV stations during the rare times I want to watch TV (mostly the news). Time Warner provides my internet service but I don't subscribe to phone or TV with them.
As of tonight, no TV stations are coming in at all. I've rescanned channels on both connected TVs and the only thing that comes up is a barely readable notice to contact Time Warner Cable to get a digital adapter. Is clear QAM via TWC in Manhattan dead? I called them about the adapter, which is free to use until January 2015, then a dollar a month after that. As I do not have a cable TV package with TWC, I'm not eligible to get an adapter. So my options seem to be: 1) buy an antenna for ATSC or 2) pay for a cable package from Time Warner. I thought that cable companies were required to carry clear QAM by FCC mandate? The other thing about the digital adapter is that apparently you can't just buy it like you could with cable modems, your only option is to rent it. Are there any third party solutions that one can buy as a one time charge?
Thanks in advance for everyone's assistance!
The most basic TV package costs $20 / month. You were able to view services you were not paying for.
Originally Posted by BenJF3
The cable lobby is powerful. The FCC requirement has changed. They are now allowed to encrypt ALL channels including locals. It sounds like they have begun to do this. As of 8/29 I'm though with TWC. My antenna is on the roof. Only way I'm staying with cable is if they have some low rate for CableCard only subs. I haven't been able to get a straight answer from them on the phone. No one working there seems to know what their prices are. I get different rates everytime I ask!
I have three DTA's. The lowest rate you will pay will be for Basic TV (Broadcast and SOME cable channels, like CSPAN, Public Access, etc.). Again, it will cost $20/mo, plus whatever TWC will charge for a CableCard. DTAs are free, support HDMI output (HD & SD), so unless they charge less than $1/ mo for a cable card, get the adapter...
Originally Posted by u20v00a
Thanks for the response! It's sad that the rules were changed as a result of lobbying pressure. Whatever happened to the government being a check on the power of corporate interests? The real victims are consumers, especially those who live in areas where an antenna is not a feasible option and there's only one cable company to choose from. I hope this has the effect of leading to more cable cutters.
I'll look into buying an antenna too - I watch TV so rarely that I can't justify the cost of even a basic cable TV plan.
I live in a location where reception is not possible. I pay for Basic TV and Lite Internet. I have three adapters for my sets. I pay $40 / mo. Will be $43 when they start charging for the adapters.
Consumers aren't victims. The cable companies are not obligated to provide free TV. Basic TV is $20 / mo. 75 cents a day. I spend more on the newspaper.
I would always try an antenna first. It cannot hurt. Does your building have a master antenna?