We'd been enjoying the different perspective on RT News (Russia Today-America) for years, available on leased channels 103 and 1099 on Comcast. Then suddenly around holiday time lately (Dec. 2018) RT news disappeared without explantion, replaced by infomercials. What happened?
We called Comcast, and the earnest agent was clueless, never heard of RT and of course could not find it on the official "lineup". But SOMEBODY must know what happened!. Any info would be appreciated.
This smacks of Orwellian "memory hole" technique wherein unapproved stuff simply disappears without explanation.
There are some other posts on this missing channel in other sections of the country, on this forum.
The app still exists on "smart" tv's and other IPV devices.
You can also find it by using "You Tube" and using the search field to locate it by name.
I should have added: Anyone who can get "You Tube" has access to this and other channels for watching news in other countries.
RT is really important to Comcast lineup because it adds diversity and "different voice". whereas Comcast continues to add channels on the lineup, however, ALL the channels follow one single narrative, the US/Western narrative. so there is a France 24, a NHK (Japan). but all these are voices follow the same US narrative. what we need is different voices, RT (Russia), CCTV (China) are important voices. as viewers, we may not agree with everything RT, CCTV, however, we need different voices so that we can make our own decision. putting many many channels but with the same voice is boring. yes, i know i can go to You Tube on the internet. but i am subscribing to a CABLE TV service. if i want to go to internet, i would NOT be paying for my cable TV.
thank you for your VERY 1st post in the entire forum......
we live in the US, of course we will get a US narrative.
it might take a little legwork on your part to get other narratives.....such as the ISIS point of view for example. It is out there, but mainstream cable providers wont be pumping THAT into your home
The channel is registered as a "foreign agent" with the United States Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. A 2017 report by the United States Intelligence Community characterized RT as "The Kremlin's principal international propaganda outlet" and said that RT America had been set up as an autonomous nonprofit organization "to avoid the Foreign Agents Registration Act".
RT claims it was dropped!:
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.