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Bristol County MA- no longer have WCVB!!

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Bristol County MA- no longer have WCVB!!

I was just informed that as of Dec 22nd, we will not have access to Channel 5 -WCVB and will be switched to WLNE ABC 6 in Providence.  This is absolutely crazy!!!  I have watched WCVB news for over 30 years, why in the heck would I want to watch a Providence news station??  I live in Massachusetts and want Massachusetts news!! Just because we are close to the RI border, does not make me a Rhode Islander. 

 

Actually, this is just the chance I have been waiting for to get off my butt and start looking at streaming options.  I am not paying over $200 a month, to have my favorite station being taken away.  Just so mad right now!!!!

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Re: Bristol County MA- no longer have WCVB!!

I agree, I live in Massachusetts, why would I want to watch Rhode Island news. I guess that you folks don't care about those of us pay well over $200 per month.

 

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Re: Bristol County MA- no longer have WCVB!!

Comcast keeps taking away programming, but never adds anything of value.  I'm a very long term customer.  First BEIN Sports was removed with no reduction in price.  Then Starz was removed with no reduction in price and no equivalent programming added.  Then during the pandemic, we were charged the regional sports fee for months when no live sports were available and the $4.24 courtesy adjustment was an embarrassment!  Now WCVB is being removed from the lineup.  WCVBs "Chronicle" is one of the reasons I have not switched to a streaming service.  The Providence ABC alternative is not comparable and not acceptable.

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Time to look into FIOS

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Bristol County MA losing WCVB Boston for Providence station

I live in MA.  I want to watch MA news.  This is a ridiculous decision.  I will cancel my service if WCVB is not reinstated and boot the Providence station if you like!

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https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/neighboring-local-tv-stations-no-longer-available

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Right there with you. I don’t care about what is going on in Rhode Island (nothing personal). But I live in Massachusetts, want to see Massachusetts news.
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There is a way around this. It is called "rabbit ears". I already have them set up and get all of the Boston stations in Easton, with a better picture than on cable.

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I have had WCVB for 30 years. I live in mansfield Mass, not RI. This is ridiculous. Comcast -wake up and know your market! This is not Fall River or another market that is used to RI stations. I’ll cancel Comcast
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Unfortunately, it is not up to Comcast. It is the FCC designation of Bristol County as being part of the Providence DMA that determines what channels are carried. WCVB, WBZ and WHDH were grandfathered in Bristol County. We cannot get NBC10 Boston because it was a new station, and now WCVB because of Hearst who owns WCVB is asking too much from Comcast to carry it outside of Boston DMA. Get out the rabbit ears.

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I agree I live in Mass. and don’t care about R.I news they never get the weather right for my area.  I have been watching channel 5 for news and weather and sports for better part of my 69 years and and now going to lose my news and weather channel.

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I totally agree. I am irate that WCVB will be dropped. This has been my go to news channel for 20 years. I LIVE IN MASSACHUSETTS! I DO NOT WANT TO WATCH RHODE ISLAND NEWS!!!!!
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Emailed the Cable Chairman from the Town of Easton to see if he can contact MA Senator Ed Markey who is on the communications committee to ask him to petition the FCC to change Bristol County to the Boston DMA so we won't lose any Boston stations and eliminate Providence channels.

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I wonder what the chances are of Comcast and Hearst working out a deal to provide just the local progamming from WCVB?  This would be the same type of deal WFXT (FOX25) seems to operate under in Bristol County -- anything locally produced, like news programs, are broadcast, while all network-level programming is blacked out.  (Can't say that I've ever paid attention to how syndicated programming is handled.)  I'd begrudginly live with watching ABC programming on WLNE Providence, but losing WCVB newscasts is pretty much worst-case scenario of "which Boston channel would you hate to lose?".

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Dropping WCVB from Bristol County

Should Comast go through dropping WCVB I will go through dropping Comast and switch to Verizon.  You have a nerve crying poor mouth becasue of increased fees when you think nothing of increasing ours.

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@BU_Bulldog wrote:

I wonder what the chances are of Comcast and Hearst working out a deal to provide just the local progamming from WCVB?  This would be the same type of deal WFXT (FOX25) seems to operate under in Bristol County -- anything locally produced, like news programs, are broadcast, while all network-level programming is blacked out.  (Can't say that I've ever paid attention to how syndicated programming is handled.)  I'd begrudginly live with watching ABC programming on WLNE Providence, but losing WCVB newscasts is pretty much worst-case scenario of "which Boston channel would you hate to lose?".


WCVB has "significantly viewed" status across Bristol County, while WFXT doesn't, so ABC programming would not need to be blocked in Bristol County on WCVB, and the channel can be carried without any restrictions.

 

I'd have to imagine something is resolved, I remember there was a bit of an uproar here when the Boston HD channels were dropped from Bristol County on Comcast (and then brought back under the digital expansion), ironically WCVB was the only HD channel not removed from the lineup during that time.

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I feel the same way! What can we do about it? I'd drop COMCAST over this, honestly! I've watched WCVB for 35 years, and don't want to watch RI news.

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Re: Dropping WCVB from Bristol County

I agree!

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I would also contact WCVB so they can let viewers know Bristol County know to contact Comcast.
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Already did - here's their repsose:

Thank you for reaching out. 

We are aware of the notice that Comcast has begun to send to their viewers in Bristol County.

Comcast has made a business decision to remove us from their lineup.  To be clear, we have offered them the right to carry our station but they have declined. 

Unfortunately, because Bristol County is not in our defined market area we don't have the ability to force them to carry WCVB.

As always, we remain available for free over-the-air to viewers and on other pay TV providers.

Thank you again for reaching out to me so quickly.  If I hear of any changes in Comcast's position, I will be sure to let you know.

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Verizon fios is dropping them too. The same date as Comcast
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Being less than 20 miles from Boston and not have Boston local news in our DMA should not be allowed.
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loosing wcvb in channel change

Who determines that people who live in Bristol County,Massachusetts are part of the Providence Rhode Island market. This makes no sense at all.

Myself and the majority of other households in Bristol County,Ma watch Boston stations and have for years.

WCVB in Boston is a far superior station to any station out of Providence,R.I..

So for a minimal fee paid by Comcast you are going to alienate thousands of customers by dropping WCVB for the Providence affiliate,which no one in Massachusetts wants to watch.

Our Comcast bill continues to rise no matter what so Comcast could at the minimum provide stations like WCVB to there loyal (for now) customers.

Do the right thing or risk losing thousands of customers.

 

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Wcvb ch 5

Please explain the decision for dropping wcvb from Bristol county Massachusetts and assuming Massachusetts residents would be okay with a Rhode Island channel alternative? Don't you want to know local and state news? I do!! Due to covid I'm not allowed in RI without quarantine, why would I want to watch that channel? I loose local news and chronicle.

 

HORRIBLE 

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Broadcast stations have Designated Market Areas. You are in the RI DMA. That station can force out-of-market stations off of cable/satellite systems. Comast must comply with the law when told to not offer an out-of-market station.

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Broadcast stations have Designated Market Areas. You are in the RI DMA. That station can force out-of-market stations off of cable/satellite systems. Comast must comply with the law when told to not offer an out-of-market station.

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That is simply not accurate. Comcast has chosen not to pays fee to Wcvb as was stated in its own message to subscribers.You could at least post an honest answer.It is not tv stations that force other tv stations of off cable. That is ridiculous . So I repeat as a long time Comcast customer in Massachusetts I am asking Comcast to pay to carry Wcvb. This is a Boston station and I watch Boston stations not Providence.
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@andyross wrote:

Broadcast stations have Designated Market Areas. You are in the RI DMA. That station can force out-of-market stations off of cable/satellite systems. Comast must comply with the law when told to not offer an out-of-market station.


WCVB has "significantly viewed" status in Bristol County. This isn't a matter of WLNE in Providence trying to force WCVB off the lineup. Since WCVB is considered "significantly viewed" per the FCC, the channel here can be carried on cable without any restrictions or blocking of network programming.

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I have been told that the Mass. Dept. of Telecommunications is the place we should flood with a ground swell of letters. The DTC website is www.mass.gov/DTC.

It bothers me that Xfinity chose to drop this on us whils everything is in turmoil. They put in an email but not where you could easily see it, on a weekend, just before Thanksgiving. This gives a short week to try to get some action started when all the politicians are very busy.

From what I hear, this was fought over 10 years ago during another channel realignment, apparently, they gave at that time.

Send your letters and emails, but don't stop there. Call all of our representatives in government, US and local.

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I live in MA NOT RI

We cannot get Channel 10 Boston. Now was notified we won't be getting Channel 5 anymore. It is impossible to talk to someone in customer service. It is forcing is to go with another carrier.
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@Ellengallaghe wrote: Please explain the decision for dropping wcvb from Bristol county Massachusetts ...

https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/neighboring-local-tv-stations-no-longer-available says:

 


On December 22, 2020, we'll be removing some TV stations from neighboring markets. This is because the owner of the station from the neighboring market is insisting we pay additional fees to continue to carry their station in your area.

It's all about $$$.

 

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I mentioned in another thread that I emailed the head of the Easton Cable Committee. These town officials need to reach out to Sen. Ed Markey who is on the communications committee to petition the FCC to change Bristol County to the Boston DMA.

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Re: I live in MA NOT RI

It would not matter if you switch to say FIOS. They are doing the same thing because Bristol County is not in the Boston DMA. It is part of Providence DMA. The FCC would have to change this. Get out the "rabbit ears" 

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Here some of the people to complain to at Comcast:

Dave Watson
President
1701 JFK Blvd
Comcast Center
Philadelphia, PA 19103
dave_watson@comcast.com

 

Chief Executive
Brian L. Roberts

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Comcast Corporation
1701 JFK Blvd
Comcast Center
Philadelphia, PA 19103
brian_roberts@comcast.com

E-mail these people and tell them how you feel about this

 

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I also made a complaint to the Mass Dept of Telecommunications and Cable, not sure it would help but giving it a try..

 

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-telecommunications-and-cable

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For decades, I have watched community programming on Channel 5.  Also, News, Weather, and Sports.  The coverage and quality of programming is very good.

For someone to make a decision to tell us to go watch a Rhode Island station instead is beyond acceptable.

Was there any research or customer research done to see how upset many customers would be before making this decision?  None that I know of.

Why not allow customers to select local stations?  If you are truly interested in good customer service that would be offered.

I will be looking to dump comcast at the first good opportunity.