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Old 10-15-2012, 03:42 PM
 
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The cable companies will keep squeezing until all of our blood runs out......

FCC To Allow Cable Companies To Encrypt Over-the-Air Channels

"The FCC is now allowing cable companies to encrypt free OTA channels that they also rebroadcast over their networks. 'The days of plugging a TV into the wall and getting cable are coming to an end. After a lengthy review process, the FCC has granted cable operators permission to encrypt their most basic cable programming.' Soon the only way to receive free OTA channels via your cable company will involve renting yet another box or buying something like Boxee"

FCC To Allow Cable Companies To Encrypt Over-the-Air Channels - Slashdot
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Did you really think that the function of central government is to protect the citizenry from the power of accumulated wealth that would otherwise have its unchallenged and unregulated way?
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Yes
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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People still watch TV?
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:25 PM
 
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i didn't know it was ever possible to get free cable channels.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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Not free channels, per se, but rather channels that you can watch without a cable-company provided (and typically overpriced) cable box. You still have to pay the cable company for using their service (at least legally), but for the basic cable plans including just the over-the-air stations this is generally lower cost than typical premium cable. This is something that will negatively impact those who use cable in place of a better over-the-air antenna. Hopefully this will spur that crowd to invest in a better antenna and be done with the cable companies. Those that are simply too far from broadcast stations may have to eat these additional costs, though.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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It never was free if you had to pay for the basic service.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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feh. Let 'em fight over it. The handwriting has been on the wall for cable and sat. tv reception for years. It is likely we'll drop our minimal sat. tv once the contract expires. Too much hassle, too many pop-ups and interruptions, horribly mangled and edited shows and movies. I'd rather invest in a hangnail.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Why do you think you should be able to hook up the cable and get "free" TV?

Why should those of us that pay for cable pay for yours too?

Buy an antenna and you can still get free TV.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:14 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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I just use a good HDTV antenna myself. A big, flat one that picks up all local channels in HD quality. For free! Have never had a problem with it, and one cartoon channel that my son loves (qubo) is available on the antenna for free but NOT via cable. So we're all set!

Now if THIS gets taken away, there will be some serious issues!
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