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No Over-the-Air Free TV is Not Going Away & Other Lies Cable Companies Tell You

There has been a lot of confusion and flat-out lies about over-the-air TV recently. With the announcement of the new 4K over-the-air TV standard approved by the FCC has come confusion; however, have no fear you will still be able to get the same free over-the-air TV you get now.

So who has been spreading these claims that over-the-air TV will go away? You guessed it, cable TV…

Recently we have heard reports of this being told to people who are canceling cable TV when they call to cancel. Now we find a Reddit post with the same story.

So what is happening here?

Probably someone who gets paid for every person they talk out of canceling found a good way to talk people out of cord cutting. It could even turn out to not be a Spectrum employee but a phone center they hired.

The truth is many of these reps you talk to on the phone at cable companies do not work for the cable companies. Often they farm this work out to contractors and pay the agents for every new sign up and every customer they keep from downgrading or leaving.

What a system like that does is create a reward for the agent to say anything in order to get you to sign up for a new package. Sadly some reps seem to put making a dollar ahead of telling the truth.

Other common tricks I hear are promising that you can cancel at any time when you are really locked into a contract. Or telling people they get free HBO but forgetting to mention it is only good for 3 months and they will be billed after that.

So make sure to take everything they say with a grain of salt and do your own research. Remember they get paid when you sign up, so be suspicious.

We did reach out to Charter for comment and will update this story if they reply.

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7 Responses to No Over-the-Air Free TV is Not Going Away & Other Lies Cable Companies Tell You

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    Surfer March 9, 2017 at 8:15 am #

    Sounds like cable compnaies are taking a page out of the Donald trump handbook and spewing ALTERNATE FACTS to scare people with their propaganda. At some point people just have to stand up for themselves. Cutting the cord will do just that.

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      Ben M March 9, 2017 at 10:15 am #

      Actually, they are taking a page out of Hillary Clinton’s book…Blame it on a video…or in this case on not being able to get OTA. Lie even when the lie makes no sense.

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        Surfer March 10, 2017 at 9:55 am #

        That would be another page taken out of the Trump handbook…lie, deflect, and pivot with a dose of “ALTERNATE FACTS” thrown in. Problem is, that particular maneuver is so played out it becomes obvious.

        If you read the handbook, there is a section where Trump recalls someone asking him “why he is the color orange?”. His response was “I’m not orange…IMPEACH!!!”

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    mr Dave March 9, 2017 at 11:17 am #

    With Trump weakening EVERY consumer watchdog and law he can get a hold of be prepared to see the monopolies get more and more embolden and the consumer get screwed everywhere!! He’s already got the FCC trying to roll back net neutrality. Who voted for this jackass?

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      LMan March 9, 2017 at 12:06 pm #

      Enough people so he won the electoral college.

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    EJ95835 March 9, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    There is no limit to what the cable companies will do to maintain their grasp on naive consumers. I’m old enough to remember a time before cable. In my youth there were three network affiliates (ABC, CBS and NBC – no Fox yet), PBS, and one independent. The FCC opened up UHF, and several independents popped up. That was then.

    Now we have our choice of dozens of OTA networks and most of them are showing reruns of shows we didn’t watch because video recorders hadn’t been invented. So please excuse my while I Escape this cable rumor nonsense, adjust my Antenna, and get back to watching MyTV.

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    Karl Childers March 9, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

    From the VCR to DVR to SVOD people have been looking for ways to break free from traditional linear television structure for decades.