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What has Charter done to my TV?

Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at 12:38 AM

We returned home this afternoon after a 10-day trip. Tonight when my husband went to bed, he turned the TV to channel 904, just as he does every night if he goes to bed before me.

I went in the room and noticed his music was not on. The TV wasn't on at all. He told me that he turned it on 904, but the bluegrass music wasn't on. It wasn't that I didn't believe him, but I had to try it for myself. He was right. I went into the other room to check out that TV. Channel 904 now plays Hip Hop & R&B. I guess he didn't want to try to doze off listening to that.

I did the dreaded thing and called Charter. The barely English-speaking gentleman and I had a bit of difficulty communicating. He assured me that bluegrass music was on 904. I told him it was Hip Hop. I was listening to it, so that made me know more than he did. He had me go through about half a dozen of the channels, and every one of them was different from what he said. He sent me to some lower channels which were for music, but they were Mexicana and such. Then he instructed me to unplug the cable box. I couldn't believe that the first plug I touched was actually the right one.

Eventually he came back and told me that effective April 15, about 6 music channels were deleted from Charter's programming. That's my husband's favorite music, so I hate to tell him it's gone.

Did Charter make other changes at that time? We left town on April 12 and haven't picked up our mail yet. Perhaps they sent us a notice. We won't like it though.

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Log onto pandora.com its free music and you decide what you like and well its just awesome!

Is there any truth to the rumor that Charter is filing bankruptcy?

-- Posted by tamerajesch on Fri, Apr 24, 2009, at 11:52 AM

Taste in music has changed some over the years, huh Lesa?

When you and I first met, I would have NEVER imagined you sitting back and listening to "smooth jazz".


-- Posted by ghostrider on Fri, Apr 24, 2009, at 3:02 AM

they had better not take the Smooth Jazz away or the cable GOES!!

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Thu, Apr 23, 2009, at 4:01 PM

No, we do not have the portable. The XM radio came with our vehicles. I had a portable Sirius in my previous car but gave it to a daughter-in-law.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 8:54 PM


I do not have Sirius myself, but I do know that if you have the portable receiver in your vehicle they make a "base" to hook it up in your home to use it inside as well as in your vehicle.

-- Posted by ghostrider on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 8:08 PM

We have Sirius XM radio on both our vehicles, & we can play it on the computer for free. However, this would mean putting a laptop in the bedroom. I've been shopping for a new laptop, as the old one has a tinny sound (& not just when we play the bluegrass channel). I'd have to teach my husband how to start the laptop. Maybe he can just put a bluegrass CD in his bedside stereo. It's just that there was such a nice variety of artists on the cable channel.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 4:27 PM

Buy a Sirius radio and turn the cable off!!

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 2:28 PM

I'd considered going back to cable but bluegrass was one of my favorites.

(Why do I think classical,show tunes,R&B,world music ,children's music and oldies are the other discontinued channels?)

Current pop and country hits can be found anywhere.

I like having music that is different and belongs to a period when the artists and listeners (rather than business concerns) determine what will be created and performed.

I guess I could rely on the Net (assuming I could convince my roommates not to eat the speaker wires again) but it seems as if people with niche interests keep being treated as if they don't count even if there are hundreds of channels,periodicals,etc. out there.

Regular commercial ventures may not be able to accommodate all of us but,if we feel ignored and dismissed,they may not have the chore of accommodating any of us.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 11:09 AM

I quit Charter about 2 years ago when they would not get on board with the NFL Network. They would not even offer it as a sports package which I was willing to pay extra to obtain. I was nervous about getting satellite as I had heard people talk about it going out when it rains and such. I can promise you, I will NEVER go back to cable again. My satellite very seldom ever goes out( Charter went out much more often)and the picture quality is amazing. Dont be afraid to join a provider and drop the cable for good. The NFL Network was very important to me and they would not even offer the opportunity to buy it. Charter has lost my business because they were bullheaded.

-- Posted by thementalist on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 8:33 AM

I know what you mean it seems that everytime you get adjusted to a channel or a time slot that they change the dang thing! What's with that? Is it really necessary?

-- Posted by 3boxers on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 1:42 AM

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