On January 15, 2008, Comcast Cable Inc. (a Philadelphia, PA based company) is going to hike the rate it charges if you want to watch CTND/EWTN (Catholic Television Network of Detroit which is a mix of local programming, and then switches to EWTN broadcasting at 8:00pm through the wee hours of the morning).
The hike looks like it is around $4.50 each month, at least according to the Detroit News.
(Does anyone from Michigan know what the rate hike exactly is???)
Anyway, it will cost more money to watch CTND / EWTN in the Detroit area.
Apparently, someone who directs Comcast’s programming sees Catholic television as a Premium channel you need to pay more for.
Comcast is also switching 5 of its “PEG” (public, educational, and local government channels) to its Digital line up.
These are local school, government, and local made/produced community programming, and they too, are going to the Digital line up.
I don’t see why I should pay a minimum of $66.00 more a year to see these channels, which were **already included **in my Preferred Basic Package, and I was already paying $50.99 a month for.
(Considering, at least for the “PEG” channels, we, the citizens and taxpayers of Michigan pay for the local television stations, equipment and maintenance of these local public, educational, and government channels through our local and state taxes, this rate hike is essentially almost a second tax, but being paid to Comcast Inc.)
(In addition, the CTND channel, at least in my area, had really poor reception, rendering it unwatchable for months on end at different time periods during at least the last 5 or so years.
I remember trying to watch Pope Benedict’s trip to Turkey on EWTN, and it was all fuzzy and losing reception every ten seconds. Ditto for the Pope’s trip to Germany a year ago.
I think for the last 4 months, it has had good reception; it varies month to month. I’ve made posts about this on this Forum in the past.)
Comcast Inc., over the last two years, has steadily decreased the number of channels in its Preferred Basic Package while maintaining the exact same rate for its Preferred Basic Package, offering less channels for the same price.
First, here, they got rid of the International / Asian Channel, ESPN Classic, C-SPAN 2, and now all these channels.
This will definitely** cut **the number of overall viewers for EWTN in the Detroit area, and possibly the entire state of Michigan, since a lot of people will not pay the added price.
This will **hurt the media voice and outreach of the Catholic Church **in Michigan, and possibly donations to EWTN.
I refuse to be taken advantage of by Comcast, Inc., and will not pay the monthly price hike.
I’ll just have to catch EWTN on the Internet now.
Thanks again, Comcast Inc.