Effective Tuesday, June 5, CCTV Channel 10, which now airs Educational Access programming, will be relocated to Channel 99. According to Comcast communications, this change comes as WWDP, a Boston area broadcast television station that carries the ShopNBC network, has elected to be carried across most eastern Massachusetts and parts of New Hampshire on the Comcast system under the Federal Communications Commission’s “Must Carry” rules. According to the “Must Carry” rules, TV stations have the right to be carried on cable systems on the same channel as their off-air broadcast signal, which in this case is Channel 10. This change affects many other community access stations across Eastern Massachusetts.
While CCTV is disappointed in the relocation, Lindsay Alaimo, CCTV’s Executive Director, promises that “CCTV will continue to provide quality local educational programming, highlighting student productions, school concerts and sporting events, as well as programming designed for parents.” Alaimo reassures CCTV viewers that Channels 8 and 9, Concord and Carlisle’s Public and Government Access channels, are unaffected by this change and will remain in their current locations within the channel lineup.
Comcast has also announced that, in mid-April, it will be retiring standard analog-based delivery of programming. This means that subscribers will need some type of digital device or a TV with a QAM tuner in order to receive any cable channel, including 99. Residents are urged to contact Comcast customer service with any questions or concerns they may have relating to these changes.
If you would like more information about CCTV and the services it provides, check out the CCTV Website at www.concordtv.org and www.carlisletv.org. Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the studio at 978-369-5038. Remember to tune in to CCTV on Channels 8, 9, and 99!