Is this yet another instance of Comcast charging us more while giving us less? I moved to Rockford in 1990, and WPT was a major reason for my cable tv subscription. I receive tons of channels I never watch, but WPT is one I watch every day. I am not a happy customer.
I grew up in Wisconsin and only retained Comcast's Xfinity TV service for providing content from Wisconsin. I will miss being able to use my Comcast DVR to record and time shift that content. To partially resolve the issue, I just donated, to WPT, a little more than what is required to get a PBS Passport. Then, I went to a local store and bought a Roku Ultra device. This device allows me to stream WPT content to my TV. I have not had a single pause in the content being streamed, after using it for 4 days. I use Comcast as my Internet Service Provider. A Roku app installed on our Cell Phones allows both of us to control the Roku device via this app or via the Roku remote which allows controlling the TV's Power and Volume. I am very happy with the Roku Ultra and how well it works for streaming WPT and also Xfinity (BETA) streaming. It also works very well for Streaming Channel, Weather4us.
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@drhull wrote: Defined market areas work differently for PBS. It's only satellite that tries to force them into the same system for privately owned stations. You can get any PBS station within 50 aerial miles, regardless of DMA. And usually, there's an effort to keep in-state networks on cable systems. However, Comcast doesn't have any systems on the Wisconsin side of the market. All those belong to Charter.
(4) WPT channels have been included in our channel lineup for as long as I can remember. Today, 2018 Sep 27. they are not longer available. I grew up in Wisconsin and now live just South of the WI/IL border. I do not find any notification from Comcast about this change in our channel lineup. When my cable box is tuned to channel number 21, that used to provide WPT viewing, the message displayed is, "PBS programming can be viewed via WTTW on channel 2 and WTTW HD on Clhannel 915". The same is true when selecting any other channel number that used to provide viewing WPT. This is so disgusting since programs broadcast by WTTW are not always the same as those broadcast by WPT. Has WTTW demanded that WPT be remmoved from our channel lineup?
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