Watch the Village of Grafton Council Meeting from 04-01-14 here: http://www.glwb.net/vog_videos.php?date=04-01-14 (Viewable on most browsers and mobile devices)
Cable subscribers, beware: starting at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, you might flip to VH1 or Spike TV only to find that those channels have been blacked out or replaced with other programming.
Thanks to deadlocked contract negotiations with Viacom, as many as 5.2 million customers of around 1,000 cable providers could lose access to those and other major channels, such as MTV and Comedy Central.
At issue is Viacom’s request for higher licensing fees from the National Cable Television Cooperative, a group of smaller cable operators each with a median size of 1,500 customers. If the two don’t come to an agreement by March 31, their existing contract will expire, and Viacom will pull its programming.
The American Cable Association, which backs the NCTC, says there’s a kind of irony in the discussions.
“You can look at [Viacom’s] content over time,” said ACA’s Matt Polka. “Their ratings are declining. So we’re in this bizarre situation where our members — and their customers — are paying more for content that is declining in popularity.”
Viacom declined to comment.
In some ways, the dispute is reminiscent of a struggle last year between Time Warner Cable (TWC) and CBS, the latter of which pulled its programming over content fees and caused a weeks-long blackout for TWC customers. Federal regulators have signaled their interest in preventing TV broadcasters, who receive payment from cable companies in exchange for content, from banding together in negotiations with cable carriers.
The difference in this case is that the content provider, Viacom, is outnumbered by the cable companies. Broadcasters are taking advantage of that to argue that NCTC is doing the same kind of collective bargaining that the Federal Communications Commission said it wants to block among TV stations.
However if this resolves itself, it’ll have big implications for the ongoing tussle between distributors and content providers.
Watch the Village of Grafton Meeting from 03-18-2014 here: http://www.glwb.net/vog_meeting.php?date=03-18-14 (Adobe Flash is required)
Watch the Village of Grafton Meeting from 03-04-2014 here: http://www.glwb.net/vog_meeting.php (Adobe Flash is required)
Just as a thunderstorm creates magnetic disturbances in the form of lightning, the sun also creates a magnetic disturbance while expending energy in the form of storms, called solar flares, more commonly called Sun Spots. When the sun passes directly behind a satellite, the channels distributed by that satellite would be effected by sun spot activity. This activity occurs for about two weeks every fall and spring.
When you experience a sun outage on a particular channel, that channel is being affected all over the country. What you may experience on a channel is a fuzzy signal, sparkles, or total loss of the channel. This will typically last 5 to 15 minutes. This is not a cable outage and there is technically nothing cable providers can do to prevent the sun spots from occurring.
On 3/3/2014 channel 205 will be changing from the Military Channel to American Heroes Channel.
Channels 46 (Spike) and 72 (TV Land) are temporarily out of service until contract negotiations are finalized with the channel provider.
Cybercriminals don’t just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites. They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. They might offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license.
For more information please visit Microsoft’s webpage on this topic:
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We have been receiving information that there are emails being sent to our customers asking them for their email login details or to open suspicious attachments. We will never ask for your personal information via email. If there is any question over the authenticity of an email, please contact our office before sending any information.
Here are some examples of these emails:
Univision (WQHS) has moved to channel 15.
Channel 6 is now Antenna TV! Antenna TV is a new network that features classic television programs and favorite movies. Visit their site at: http://www.antennatv.tv/