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#301007 - 04/30/17 10:42 PM ‘What the hell?’: TV screens go dark as Spectrum cuts channels, raises prices
Golem Offline
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John Cheves
Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky)
April 28, 2017

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The television screen went dark a month ago as Daniel Fitzgerald watched “American Pickers” on the History Channel.

Perplexed, he grabbed the remote and surfed through CNN, Disney, Comedy Central and the rest of the standard cable lineup. Many of them were gone, too. In their place was a black background with a small block of text advising him that his subscription no longer provided those channels.

“I thought, ‘What the hell? I just paid the cable bill,’” Fitzgerald recalled last week in the tiny Lexington [Kentucky] apartment he shares with his disabled 16-year-old son.

Fitzgerald called Spectrum, the subsidiary created last year when Charter Communications of Stamford, Ct., acquired Time Warner Cable, which was then Lexington’s cable provider. A Spectrum representative told Fitzgerald that he hadn’t been paying Time Warner enough for the standard cable package. If he wanted those channels back, his monthly bill for cable and Internet would jump from $103 to $139, effective immediately.

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#301012 - 05/01/17 03:13 AM Re: ‘What the hell?’: TV screens go dark as Spectrum cuts channels, raises prices [Re: Golem]
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They should check out Dish TV: They sometimes have packages as low as $20/month, with free installation. Works everywhere in the US as long as you can look South.
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#301013 - 05/01/17 03:15 AM Re: ‘What the hell?’: TV screens go dark as Spectrum cuts channels, raises prices [Re: Golem]
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I think we have seen this same show in the grocery stores ... same price ... smaller package
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#301014 - 05/01/17 05:23 AM Re: ‘What the hell?’: TV screens go dark as Spectrum cuts channels, raises prices [Re: Golem]
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And a new generation of cord cutters is born.
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#301024 - 05/02/17 01:50 AM Re: ‘What the hell?’: TV screens go dark as Spectrum cuts channels, raises prices [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
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The (huge) problem being, how do you cut the cable TV cord while not cutting the cable internet? I can get 6 mbps DSL from AT&T or 55 mbps from Cox. Fortunately Cox seems to be happy with just selling me internet. Maybe because they said it will cost $16,000 to get cable TV to my house?

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