fiberguyMy views are my own.Premium
reply to IowaCowboy
Re: PEG programming You better be careful or by many people's logic here you'll be nothing more than Mitt Romney trying to kill Big Bird.
I personally agree with you. I don't think that people are suffering getting their content out to people now that we have the internet. Hell, a politician can't even hide anything any more as almost every move is put up on YouTube.
Schools and local government can simply just stream their stuff to the web and make it available there. As I see it, that frees up a good solid channel that can be used for better/faster internet service.
And while we're at it, I'd also love to see them end the mandated cash cow gravy train called local programming as well. The day that local TV stations were able to mandate a charge for their channel/programming was the day they should have lost their tier 1 mandate buy-through status. If they want to be kept on Tier 1 as to have the exposure to every subscriber in their market, then they should provide the signal at no charge.. but if they want money for their feeds, they should go into a local tier or ala cart that the consumer can subscribe to IF they want.. I for one would not subscribe being my antenna picks them up just fine with out cable.
IowaCowboyWant to go back to IowaPremiumReviews:
I do watch the local newscasts on WWLP-TV throughout various parts of the day (particularly the Noon broadcasts and 5/6 pm and NBC nightly news. I like having it come in on cable because the picture is much better and you don't have reception problems. I grew up on OTA TV but ended up getting cable back when I was in high school because we've had it with lousy picture quality that made it impossible to watch TV. I watched Cops years ago on KFXA and the picture was so distorted that it was unwatchable (when I lived in Iowa) so switching from OTA to cable was a dream come true. We could not afford cable in my younger years but our financial situation changed and we got cable.
I now have my phone, Internet, and TV through Comcast. No more distorted pictures or unwatchable TV. Also I get more programming. I just don't like the fact I have to buy a so-called "Sports Entertainment Pack" in order to get TCM and Fox Movie Channel. I wish they would renegotiate their carraige agreements because they give a lame excuse on why they just cannot carry them on Digital Preferred. I also don't understand why an SD receiver and an HD receiver are the exact same price (I just swapped a DTA for a full receiver although I opted for an SD since the basement TV is an old Sony tube TV).
I wish I still lived in Iowa; Everything there from rent and groceries to Cable TV is much cheaper in Iowa (especially with an overbuilder in town).