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post #8311 of 8546
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We know that Comcast has room for at least 4 more HD channels with the Olympics ending. With anyone still connected direct connect with a NTSC TV ,how many channels are still active analog,or has Comcast turned off all the analogs in Ma. and NH?

The analogs were removed from the Boston / Brookline system in June. However, they left dead carriers on those channels, and an analog color bar pattern on one, and that was still the situation when I last looked a week or so ago. At the time the Olympics and the newly-added HD channels, such as Bloomberg, were all live, so they still have more expansion room.
post #8312 of 8546
Pac 12 Network is on Channel 194 in Massachusetts.
post #8313 of 8546
Outside TV was added in Standard Def on channel 195 today here in the NH seacoast area.
post #8314 of 8546
Oxygen HD is on channel 921
post #8315 of 8546
Official announcement of the removal of WENH and subchannels in Mass. - on the latest bill for the Boston / Brookline system - with the appropriate spin (from WGBH?) to make this appear positive:
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On or shortly after 10/8/12: WGBX will move from ch 44 to
ch 16; WGBX-HD will move from ch 818 to ch 801; NHPTV Prime
will no longer be carried on channels 11 and 801; NHPTV
Explore ch 296 will also no longer be carried. Your Public
Television is changing to better serve you. For more
information go to NHPTV.org/updates
Important Information: On or shortly after 10/8/12,
Lifetime will move from ch 16 to ch 61 and will remain
on the Expanded Basic tier.

Perhaps Comcast can be persuaded to pick up WSBE, Rhode Island PBS. They carry it now on some eastern Mass. systems, and FIOS does on most (all?) of them. There is apparently some variation in the must-carry rules that applies to non-commercial stations within 50 miles. From the FCC web site:
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Commercial stations are considered local if they are assigned to the same television market as your cable system. Noncommercial stations are considered local if they are licensed to cities within 50 miles of your cable system or their signals meet certain technical engineering standards at the cable system's reception facility. Other channels with similar formats may be cable networks and are carried at the discretion of the cable operator..
post #8316 of 8546
Q: What happens to New Hampshire-focused programs?
A: Audiences in New Hampshire will continue to enjoy series such as Windows to the Wild, Roadside Stories, Granite State Challenge, and other NH-focused programs. One of the many benefits of this new arrangement is that NHPTV will be able to dedicate resources to programs about New Hampshire and educational services that benefit NH viewers.

Q: Will any of my channel locations or channel schedules change?
A: Comcast has agreed to partner with us to implement the changes and, as a result, beginning the week of October 8th, 2012, Comcast customers in New Hampshire will experience these channel changes:

NHPTV PRIME will be on channels 2 and HD 802/702 (depending on your location)
NHPTV EXPLORE will be on channels11 and HD 801/711

WGBH no longer will be carried on 2 or HD 802/702 and WGBX no longer will be carried on 16/17/26 or HD 818/718.

Comcast subscribers in both states will continue to receive two local PBS services: NHPTV PRIME and NHPTV EXPLORE in New Hampshire and WGBH 2 and WGBX-44 in Eastern Massachusetts. Customers in NH will no longer receive WGBH 2 and WGBX 44; and customers in MA will no longer receive NHPTV Prime and Explore.

WGBH 2 and NHPTV PRIME’s schedules will largely be the same, with some small differences that reflect a focus on the local communities in each state. Viewers in Massachusetts who enjoy programs like Windows to the Wild will continue to view these, and New Hampshire viewers who enjoy programs like Greater Boston will continue to view those.

WGBH 44 and NHPTV EXPLORE’s schedules will also largely be the same.

The CREATE and WORLD channels will be available in both states.


** As a viewer of both these channels I have to say that I really don't like this. Throw in Channel 44 out of Boston which had some shows such as This Old House on at different times and it just doesn't look good for fans of the local PBS stations.
Edited by jwmcn - 8/27/12 at 7:26pm
post #8317 of 8546
It is difficult to understand the motivation of WGBH to request removal of WENH in Mass., and WGBH / WGBX in NH from Comcast's systems. Annoying viewers who can vote with their wallets seems to be a bad idea. This is probably an easier arrangement to make with Comcast, which is a patchwork of many older systems with different channels and agreements in various towns, than with Verizon, RCN, DirecTV, or Dish, which cover most or all of the market with the same channel lineup.
post #8318 of 8546
Apparently this is due to a lack of funding in New Hampshire.
post #8319 of 8546
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Originally Posted by jackmcgann View Post

Apparently this is due to a lack of funding in New Hampshire.

This is a post from a "Mr H." in the Boston OTA thread:
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Big changes coming in October for PBS viewers in MA, NH

Due to loss of funding NHPTV is outsourcing much of its operations including membership services, back-office functions and master control operations to WGBH. NHPTV will continue to be independent and produce local and national programs.

Press release at http://www.nhptv.org/pressroom/release_detail.asp?hp_id=1364

For viewers:
NHPTV will no longer broadcast PBS national programming "off schedule".
WGBH-2 and NHPTV-Prime schedules will merge and largely be the same.
WGBX-44 and NHPTV-Explore schedules will merge and largely be the same.
NHPTV will pick up World and Create subchannels.
WGBH and NHPTV will exchange locally produced programs like Greater Boston, Windows to the Wild and Roadside Stories.
They will also engage in some sort of "member swap". More on that at http://connect.wgbh.org/NHPTVupdates
Comcast will drop the out-of-state stations.

Ouch!

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So, it appears that the NHPTV channels will for the most part be showing the exact same programs simultaneously- so I suppose it makes sense to remove the channels. PBS and sports is about all I watch- so I'll miss two fewer PBS channels. At least I now have a HTPC as of a year ago to record programs to watch when I want...
post #8320 of 8546
ESPN Goal Line has been added on channel 135.
post #8321 of 8546
yeah but no HD!
post #8322 of 8546
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Originally Posted by chitchatjf View Post

yeah but no HD!

I had a feeling they wouldn't add it in HD anyway tongue.gif

hopefully in the next 1 to 2 weeks a i get a reply about future adds to the Boston Area.
post #8323 of 8546
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Originally Posted by Gt1racer View Post

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Originally Posted by chitchatjf View Post

yeah but no HD!

I had a feeling they wouldn't add it in HD anyway tongue.gif

hopefully in the next 1 to 2 weeks a i get a reply about future adds to the Boston Area.

that's such b.s. there is absolutely no reason to carry the SD channel over the HD channel other than to infuriate their customers.
post #8324 of 8546
Would not be surprised if WSBE , RIPBS is not looking into a deal with GBH too. They are smaller than NHPTV. Only 1 OTA signal vs 9 OTA signals in NH.
With space opening up in NH and Eadtern Mass Comcast systems that carried NHPTV when will wee more HD cahnnels?
post #8325 of 8546
Yeah goal line was added but cnbc world was dropped.

Not that it was a huge draw but it is owned by comcast and some that trade would probably watch it before opening bells domestically or if there's a holiday.

In addition because it was technically live content from Asia and Europe it meant that if anything happened you'd get more coverage.

When the bus bombing on 7/7 happened in the UK NONE of my local channels or major cable news networks (cnn, msnbc, fox etc) reported on it.
Meanwhile on cnbc world it was all over the place. I know people that work out of London so it was a concern. Maybe it might stream online but that is hard to say.
post #8326 of 8546
Posted by mgpt6:
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Would not be surprised if WSBE , RIPBS is not looking into a deal with GBH too. They are smaller than NHPTV. Only 1 OTA signal vs 9 OTA signals in NH.
With space opening up in NH and Eastern Mass Comcast systems that carried NHPTV when will we more HD channels?

I would not be surprised to see WGBH take over WSBE, either, which would be unfortunate. However, as long as it is still separate, I hope Comcast adds WSBE in the Boston area. They carry it now on some of the eastern Mass. systems. Here is an overly optimistic list on the WSBE web site: http://www.ripbs.org/cable_stations.pdf It is also on FIOS in all of eastern Mass.
post #8327 of 8546
beIN Sport USA debuted today on many Eastern Mass. Comcast systems (I have it on channel 726). For now it is only the Spanish language version; apparently Comcast intends to add the English-language version before the end of the month. You need the Spanish MultiLatino package or the TV Sports Entertainment package to view it.

beIN Sport has bought the US rights to the Spanish, French and Italian Premier soccer leagues, as well as the rights to South American World Cup qualifier matches. Most relevant to US soccer fans, they also own the rights to the US mens team's World Cup qualifier away matches, which is why ESPN isn't carry the USA/Jamaica match on Friday (beIN will have it on tape delay Friday night at 11:30pm).

In case you don't know, beIN Sport USA is Al Jazeera's attempt to gain a foothold in the US market. Dish and DirecTV also have picked up the channel, apparently in English and in HD.
Edited by dashford - 9/5/12 at 4:50pm
post #8328 of 8546
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Originally Posted by dashford View Post

beIN Sport USA debuted today on many Eastern Mass. Comcast systems (I have it on channel 726). For now it is only the Spanish language version; apparently Comcast intends to add the English-language version before the end of the month. You need the Spanish MultiLatino package or the TV Sports Entertainment package to view it.

Hopefully, the English language version is in HD, as well. I'll watch the Spanish in HD before I watch the English in SD.
post #8329 of 8546
I'm able to change the default channel language setting on my DVR for beIN Sport en espanol and hear the English-speaking announcers, on my somewhat old 3416 DVR in Berkeley, California (I go into setup, audio setup, default audio, and switch from "Default" to "English"). You may be able to do the same on your DVR.
post #8330 of 8546
Quote from Leftjab
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I'm able to change the default channel language setting on my DVR for beIN Sport en espanol and hear the English-speaking announcers, on my somewhat old 3416 DVR in Berkeley, California (I go into setup, audio setup, default audio, and switch from "Default" to "English"). You may be able to do the same on your DVR.

Just tried that on a DCX3400 - and yes, there is an English audio channel (Boston/Brookline system)
post #8331 of 8546
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Originally Posted by leftjab View Post

I'm able to change the default channel language setting on my DVR for beIN Sport en espanol and hear the English-speaking announcers, on my somewhat old 3416 DVR in Berkeley, California (I go into setup, audio setup, default audio, and switch from "Default" to "English"). You may be able to do the same on your DVR.

Thanks! I'll try that tonight while I'm watching the USA/Jamaica game.
post #8332 of 8546
Starting on 10/1, WCVB 5.2 (MeTV) will be added to channel 292.
post #8333 of 8546
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Originally Posted by ssetta View Post

Starting on 10/1, WCVB 5.2 (MeTV) will be added to channel 292.

i wish they went with a 24/7 radar loop channel of Storm Team 5's radar instead of MeTV frown.gif
post #8334 of 8546
Hm, got a message from Comcast saying that around October 8 WGBX HD will be moved from 818 to 801. And living in the Providence market hopefully this means that we won't be seeing WBGH and WGBX dropped like we saw in New Hampshire.
post #8335 of 8546
Is Oxygen HD on 921 a new add? I would like Smithsonian Channel in HD,not just SD.
post #8336 of 8546
Yes, looks that way.
post #8337 of 8546
In the August Comcast bill we were promised the following:

On 9/25/12
* New! GMC HD will be added to Digital Starter channel 908
* New! Investigation Discovery HD will be added to Digital Starter channel 909
* New! H2 HD will be added to the Digital Starter and Digital Economy tier channel 910
* New! Bloomberg HD will be added to Digital Starter channel 920
* New! BBC America HD will be added to Digital Starter channel 922
*New! National Geographic Wild HD will be added to Digital Preferred channel 922
* New! Fox Soccer HD will be added to Sports Entertainment Package channel 924


We did not get these channels today....where are they Comcast?????
post #8338 of 8546
We got them this morning in Concord. Maybe you'll get the later in the day. I've had times when new channels did not arrive until afternoon.
post #8339 of 8546
Is DIY ever coming in HD?
post #8340 of 8546
Yes it is in HD and some Comcast have it but not mine not even any HD Channels in 4 digits but do get 2 to be annouced channels in 4 digits but if I had a both with the Clock on it I wouldn't.
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