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Spectrum Continues Its Campaign to Encrypt All TV Channels

Phillip Dampier July 3, 2017 Charter Spectrum, Consumer News 3 Comments

Spectrum cable subscribers still watching cable television without a set-top box will soon need one, or a functional equivalent, for every television connected in their home or business as Charter Communications continues its effort to encrypt all cable channels.

The campaign has now reached Kentucky, where Spectrum is preparing to encrypt every television channel on the lineup and is sending notices to its residential and commercial customers.

The University of Kentucky is working to get the word out to facilities operated by UK they may lose all television service as early as July 11 if they don’t take action.

Encryption forces customers to use set-top boxes or other equipment, often at an additional expense, to continue watching cable television service. Cable companies use encryption to reduce signal theft and eliminate the need to send trucks to disconnect customers at the pole. Instead, Charter will simply deauthorize a customer’s set-top box or other equipment so they can no longer watch when the customer cancels or does not pay their bill.

Currently there are 3 comments on this Article:

  1. John says:

    To top it off encrypted areas are charged a Secure Connection Fee of 1.00. Nice huh?

  2. Lee says:

    Nothing wrong with the prevention of signal theft, or being able to shut off the signal when payment is not made. The equipment needed should be a one time cost, and restarting service after payment with this system should not have a large service charge. I do not like the fact that there will be no way to know what information they are sending back from your equipment and how they will use it.







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