Charter Cable yanks two Basic channels. Can anything be done?

charterLogo I got this email from Nancy Soth this week about Charter Cable:

Charter, to non-digitalized, non-bundled customers has taken off two important channels, while retaining most "trash television". These channels are: (continued)


  • C-Span II, which on weekends can keep us well informed about non-fiction books, book festivals, etc. It’s invaluable.
  • The next is TMC, Turner Movie Classics, which is really important to movie lovers.

Charter always has us in their grip but they’re not being kind to those of us who try to save money on media. Apparently with enough feedback, the city might be able to act in our behalf.

Nancy says to contact her and her husband Lauren Soth via email (soth @ rconnect dot com) that she "might use their names when talking to Charter or the city."

Here’s the current list of Basic and Expanded Basic channels available to Northfield area subscribers:


2: KTCA – PBS 
3: WFTC – MyTV
6: Local Access
7: QVC
10: Educational Access
11: KARE – NBC
12: Public Access
13: WUCW – CW
14: Charter Media
15: TV Guide
16: Government Access
17: KPXM – ION
18: KSTC – IND
19: KTCI – PBS
20: Home Shopping Network
22: Educational Access
23: WGN


25: ESPN
26: ESPN2
27: fx
28: FOX News Channel
29: CNN Headline News
30: CNN
32: CNBC
33: The Weather Channel
34: The Disney Channel
35: National Geographic
36: Nickelodeon-East
37: ABC Family
38: TV Land
39: Cartoon Network
40: Hallmark Channel
41: The Learning Channel
43: BET
44: VH-1
45: MTV
46: CMT
47: Lifetime
48: HGTV/Home and Garden Television
49: Food Network
50: SyFy
51: Style
52: E!
53: Oxygen
54: Bravo – East
55: TNT
56: TBS
57: USA
58: Travel Channel
59: AMC
60: Spike TV
61: FS North
62: Versus
63: Speed Channel
64: Golf Channel
65: Big Ten Network
66: Comedy Central
67: TruTV
68: History
69: Animal Planet
70: The Discovery Channel
71: A&E
76: MTV2


  1. Jane McWilliams said:

    I subscribed to basic cable when I couldn’t get the box to work (my antenna being in the attic, wasn’t adequate). I’m reconciled to the paltry channel offerings because I’m not much of a TV consumer and PBS reception improved and CSPAN is available.

    It seems to me that there ought to be a rule permitting subscribers to select channels, and pay on a fee per channel basis.

    September 12, 2009
  2. David Koenig said:

    We’ve gone digital antennae and streaming everything over our computer to the TV set. No more cable bills and I love it!

    September 12, 2009
  3. Nancy Soth said:

    Thank you for the information, Curt. That might leave me doing only one thing at once, but I’ll keep looking to see what’s on. Thanks for responding, Nancy Soth

    September 13, 2009
  4. Alec Irwin said:

    Check out Jaguar communication if you are in Dundas. They bring fiber optic TV, Internet, and phone right to your house. I will go without a TV if Charter was the only choice, they have the worst customer service on the planet. They did me wrong and I am going to hold a grudge for a long long time.

    September 15, 2009
  5. Leslie Garner said:

    Well here we are a few years later and nothing has changed except more channels removed and higher bills… If you have another choice I would strongly advise against CHARTER. I called because my on-demand was not working but their concern was I was getting too many channels. Service man came out box still does not work but I have less channels.

    May 16, 2011

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