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Re: WHY has Comcast dropped RT Channel 81 here in the Seattle Area?

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Re: WHY has Comcast dropped RT Channel 81 here in the Seattle Area?

Channels in this range are typically paying to receive access on Comcast. When they stop paying, Comcast stops carrying them. This is likely what happened with RT in this case, which is usually being fed from a local market station of some sort, usually a low-power affiliate.

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Re: WHY has Comcast dropped RT Channel 81 here in the Seattle Area?

I am really upset that Comcast dropped RT! And not because I support the pro or anti Russia narrative.  It just offers a fresh perspective that other media outlets lack.  Bring it back or I am much more inclined to cut the cord!

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Re: WHY has Comcast dropped RT Channel 81 here in the Seattle Area?

As mentioned, RT was typically on a LEASED channel. That means RT was paying Comcast to carry it. Unless you have proof that Comcast refused to renew the lease, then it's more like RT didn't want to pay anymore.

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Re: WHY has Comcast dropped RT Channel 81 here in the Seattle Area?

RT claims it was dropped!:

     https://www.rt.com/about-us/press-releases/comsat-chicago-spectrum-rt-america

MOSCOW, 15 OCTOBER, 2018—RT America is no longer available on Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) and Comcast Chicago, following the companies’ refusal to renew RT’s broadcast agreement.

After a partnership spanning over 10 years, Spectrum, previously Time Warner Cable, has ended its relationship with RT.

In an email to RT, a Charter Communications (the parent company of Spectrum) representative said: “Our decision [to not renew the agreement] is part of an overall strategy to discontinuing our leased access program in light of the development of the Internet, which has rendered leased access irrelevant.” Their spokesperson elaborated, stating: “Charter has long believed that mandatory leased access violates our free speech rights. Going forward, we will scale back leased access programming where permissible.”

“RT has not been able to independently corroborate this information through industry sources, and there is no public information available indicating that any other channel has been dropped by Charter Communications due to this apparent strategy shift,” RT Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Head of Communications Anna Belkina said.

RT America also received a letter from Comcast Chicago stating that it would not renew its lease agreement with the channel on the basis of Section 1093 of the National Defense Authorization Act. This amendment, originally submitted by the late Senator John McCain in 2017, says a distributor working in a US jurisdiction “may not be directly or indirectly required” to carry video content that is “is owned, controlled, or financed (in whole or in part) by the Government of the Russian Federation.”

“RT’s journalistic operations continue to be adversely impacted by politically-motivated discriminatory measures, setting a dangerous precedent for freedom of speech everywhere,” Belkina added.

 

This is proof enough, for me.

 

Now let's see if this post is also deleted, like my previous one.  Clearly, Spectrum is not big on freedom of speech!

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Re: WHY has Comcast dropped RT Channel 81 here in the Seattle Area?

MusicLovr:

 

Your other copies of this same reply were removed as "Duplicates" which you posted on other similar threads. A forum violation if you read the rules. 


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