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Spectrum removes WCVB channel 5 in Boston from our lineup

Spectrum removed Channel 5 without any notice and none of their representatives can explain why. Spectrum is no better than Time Warner was previously. We should get better service for the amount we pay.

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Re: Spectrum removes WCVB channel 5 in Boston from our lineup

Glad you brought this up!  Yes, we are outraged that WCVB channel 5 has been removed.  Although Albany is our "area", we live in western Massachusetts and the Boston stations are very important to us.   We have been receiving this station and WBZ forever with recognition that in Massachusetts, Boston news and sports are relevant.  We would like to see Spectrum make good on the commitment to western Mass and return WCVB.  

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Re: Spectrum removes WCVB channel 5 in Boston from our lineup


@dst11 wrote:

Glad you brought this up!  Yes, we are outraged that WCVB channel 5 has been removed.  Although Albany is our "area", we live in western Massachusetts and the Boston stations are very important to us.   We have been receiving this station and WBZ forever with recognition that in Massachusetts, Boston news and sports are relevant.  We would like to see Spectrum make good on the commitment to western Mass and return WCVB.  


If you live in the Bershires of Mass and get your TV from Albany, you aren't required to get Boston TV.  The reasons are many-fold:

 

1.  The FCC has deemed your county as part of the Albany, NY TV Market.  Your local TV stations will originate from there.

 

2.  Out-of-Market TV Stations that "were significantly viewed" were allowed to be carried into your market.  This is a hold-over from the early days of cable TV, when cable companies would import out-of-market TV signals into markets that had only the big-three TV networks.  These imported stations were "superstations".  [My grandmother in coal country PA used to get TV from Philly, Scranton, and the indepenedents from NY (WNEW-TV, WOR-TV, and WPIX).   They slowly disappeared over the course of the 80's.]

 

3.  Retransmission fees.  TV Stations can demand a king's ransom in retransmission fees.  These have increased significantly in recent years, to the point that almost every cable company now itemizes this on your bill as the "BroadcastTV surcharge".  In an effort to keep costs down, the cable company simply decided to stop carrying the out-of-market station, which probably provides a second feed of a major broadcast TV network.  You probably already get ABC and CBS from Albany, so importing Boston network programming is considered redundant.

 

Tell WCVB-TV that they should cease collecting retransmission fees, and not force cable customers to pay for content they give away to anyone who uses an antenna.