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Fredonia Cable Board asks for digital jump funds

January 22, 2014

Changes may soon be seen in a contract extension between the village of Fredonia and Time Warner Cable for Fredonia’s public access channel, including a cost hike from $55,000 to an estimated......

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localresident

Jan-23-14 11:46 PM

Joe, first one has to be aware that might be a possibility and check the dish. Obviously, you took a step to add a heating element, so there's that too, along with rain, etc. and signal reception has several ways it can be interrupted. I have heard enough about dish signal to not want to make the switch yet, and that will probably be when I'm living in a better climate (i.e. not NY). Plus cable tv/phone/net bundles are competitive enough for now.

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momof3kids

Jan-23-14 12:06 PM

@ rumblefish, local reality tv could get very interesting. Picture it now: Real Housewives of Fredonia, Fredonia's Got Talent, Dancing with the BOE, Undercover Boss, etc. Imagine all the excitement and entertainment we'd get!

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joew

Jan-22-14 7:13 PM

OK local I'll go along with that but why let that condition(looseness)persist?

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localresident

Jan-22-14 6:38 PM

The wind can be a problem for dish users depending on what the dish is mounted to. If the surface is not sturdy, or the mounts are loose, then I can see how the dish's shaking would interrupt the connection.

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rumblefish

Jan-22-14 4:58 PM

actually with the rash of reality shows on dish/direct tv, maybe it's time for city and villages to move in that direction, government can profit from 30 minute of reality show nonsense weekly, a real boost to showing what clowns who run local government really do is and make a buck at the same time, they could even get advertising $$$$ from at least (23) DLDC loan recipients to start

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rumblefish

Jan-22-14 4:28 PM

we reference DCC resent pumping of funds into cable access, mind you it doesn't matter if taxpayer has cable or not, as it is we don't have cable, yet taxpayer money goes to a service we don't have access to, maybe it time for all village and city meetings be viewable on inter net, that way everyone has a chance to view, all you need is a phone line

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Krasnitz

Jan-22-14 2:22 PM

I really would like to know what we're getting for nearly a quarter of a mil. New toys for the boys? Why do we need a studio? Who is going to run all this? Seems like a lot of equipment for one part timer and a few volunteers. What are the salary and training costs? Yeah, there will be a public hearing but that will be a quick summary song and dance with no opportunity to review the proposal before the meeting. Marcia M, just exactly what is the wonderful out come from this expenditure. Inquiring minds want to know.

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Krasnitz

Jan-22-14 2:10 PM

The franchise fee stems from TW using the Village right of way to string it's cable. They pay the Village for use but then charge it back to the village TW customers every month for ten years. Currently I pay $1.37 + tax per month. And that fee was for the $55,00 negotiated over Ten years ago. Come to think of it, if that contract has expired why am I still charged $1.37 I can't see how Drayo can say the rate will be 80 some cents for $210,000 over 10 years. maybe he was misquoted and the fee will be the current amount plus 83 cents. Finally, I don't need to see Village politics or anything else on Marcia's list in HD. It ain't free money, it's a hidden tax on all Village subscribers.

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joew

Jan-22-14 1:45 PM

Have to love Marcia,the "wind" creates a problem with Sat TV? I don't think so dear. Snow can and does present a problem but since I put the heater on my direct dish have had no problems.

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PR24601

Jan-22-14 1:22 PM

TWC is a joke. Constant rate increases, new fees for equipment. All in the name of keeping their shareholders happy.

I have DFT for internet and to be honest I have not seen a difference between DSL and RoadRunner. Im not a gamer though, but I do stream live sports.

As far as TV goes, DirecTV and TWC are comparable in price after promotional periods. The quality of the dishes is a lot better now. I rarely lose signal - it has to be a severe thunderstorm and even then it stay on during most of them.

TV is a source of entertainment and if you like it you'll shell out the money. If you are that fed up, ditch it all. No major networks over the air here though - you really have to be willing to be in the dark.

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Marcia

Jan-22-14 1:09 PM

commentor, I want local news, and when I had dish it would get bad every time it snowed or was windy. The problem is the way we have provide cable in this country. Everything is done to give to the corporations. There should be no contract between a town and a provider. You know, free market capitalism. If they had to compete for our business we would get better rates and better service. That's what they do in the rest of the world, for cable and internet.

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commentor

Jan-22-14 12:52 PM

OUTRAGEOUS!!! You are not stuck with Time Warner. Switch to Direct TV. Cheaper, better. If taxpayer's aren't paying for this why is the Village Board involved. Deal with your subscribers. Those who have a Dish do not even get the local channel and they seem to manage quite well. NO NO NO and more NO. Send them packing!!!

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Santora

Jan-22-14 12:20 PM

@shaver58 I guess you and others are not aware they is no other cable company out there that would come in.The big boys bought everything up and nobody want to step on another's turf. Verizon FIOS everyone speaks of will never come this way...as a matter of fact they're not even in Buffalo...only in suburbs. So you are stuck with TW

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localresident

Jan-22-14 11:37 AM

Will this $210,000 guarantee that I will continue to experience the Village board meetings as a series of horribly inaudible mumble sessions? Because I don't want to lose the experience of having to YouTube the meetings and Rewind-->Play-->Rewind some can figure out what the mayor is trying to say. It's like listening to the Dick Tracy character.

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shaver58

Jan-22-14 10:55 AM

there is another alternative to this the franchise contract is up take bids from other cable providers. I would bet they come in a lot cheaper and cable bills would be a lot less!

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czychrab

Jan-22-14 10:54 AM

Their net worth is in the billions. Isn't it nice to let the poor pay for your dreams? All cable companies got what they wanted when the country went to digital tv. How clever of them to make people pay to bring trash tv and propaganda into our homes. Want some good spendable income? Cancel the cable. Let the cable co's pay for improvements, it won't even dent their petty cash fund.

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CadeFoster

Jan-22-14 9:22 AM

look it up....... roku

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PhilJulian

Jan-22-14 8:58 AM

No one likes to see cost increases especially from cable companies that have been excessive with charges. Maybe it's important to keep up with technology improvements and those who find the cost to be excessive can always go with Dish Net or Direct TV at a lower cost.

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PhilJulian

Jan-22-14 8:58 AM

No one likes to see cost increases especially from cable companies that have been excessive with charges. Maybe it's important to keep up with technology improvements and those who find the cost to be excessive can always go with Dish Net or Direct TV at a lower cost.

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Dcronlg

Jan-22-14 8:29 AM

TW Fredonia is a part of the overall TW Upstate NY market -- each and every year, TW has budgeted CapEx for network upgrades, esp from analog to digital, such upgrades are a part of doing business, as content providers (all the channels on TW cable) PAY TW, per subscriber, for distribution rights.

The digital upgrade is factored into distribution pricing at the macro level and goes top-down to local operations.

TW Fredonia is hoping you guys are really, really stupid and don't see that CapEx costs are covered throughout all ends.

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FMMATHSRIO

Jan-22-14 8:19 AM

$210,000 for 2,150 subscribers? Most Time Warner subscribers, myself included, are fed up with the endless increases from TW on our bills and the promise of more "quality programming" isn't going to make this increase any easier to swallow. Perhaps if people are interested in seeing the village board meetings, parades and high school sporting events, they could leave their houses instead. Sorry Ms. Merrins, maybe $.83 per month isn't that much money, but if this goes through that subscriber number will be 2,149.

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