About Xfinity/Comcast Video Services at The Cloister


According to the official Cloister website located at  http://www.cloisteratsthenry.com/ part of the monthly HOA Fee includes Comcast Basic Service. My guess is that our monthly fee pays for “Limited Basic” service. I pay for extra services including a digital video recorder.

These are the channels available with Limited Basic Service

HD – availability of HD channels subject to area. HD equipment required.

Channel Description Limited   Basic
2 WKRN (ABC) NASHVILLE
3 ACCESS
4 WSMV (NBC) NASHVILLE
5 WTVF (CBS) NASHVILLE
6 WZTV (FOX) NASHVILLE
7 C-SPAN
8 WNPT (PBS) NASHVILLE
9 ACCESS
10 ACCESS
14 WUXP (MY 30)   NASHVILLE
15 WPGD (TBN) GALLATIN
16 HSN
17 WNPX (ION) NASHVILLE
18 WNAB (THE CW)   NASHVILLE
19 ACCESS
20 WGN AMERICA
21 WHTN (IND)   MURFREESBORO
22 WJFB (IND) LEBANON
100 C-SPAN2
228 WNAB – THE COUNTRY   NETWORK
229 WUXP – COOL TV
241 WNPT2 (PBS) DIGITAL
245 WKRN – 24HR WEATHER
248 WLLC TELEFUTURA
249 WTVF – THIS TV
250 NEWS CHANNEL 5+
1002 WKRN (ABC) HDTV
1004 WSMV (NBC) HDTV
1005 WTVF (CBS) HDTV
1006 WZTV (FOX) HDTV
1008 WNPT (PBS) HDTV
1014 WUXP (MY30) HDTV
1017 WNPX (ION) HDTV
1018 WNAB (THE CW) HDTV
1125 C-SPAN HD
1216 WGN AMERICA HD

My favorite channel is WNPT2, channel 241 on Comcast, the second public TV channel.

Here’s why.

Using my DVR recorder I am able to save newscasts from London, England; Berlin, Germany; Seoul, Korea; Tokyo, Japan; Brussels, Belgium; and Beijing, China; all in the English language. These newscasts provide real news about the world. They cover significant conflicts, issues and events worldwide. These programs are supplied by MHz Networks on WNPT2 (Cable Channel 241).

They seldom interview politicians or corporate executives but they interview experts, usually located at the major universities. They don’t consider street crime as worthy of wasting their broadcast time. Instead of touting stocks, their financial news includes economics and trade news. Instead of profits they report about jobs and news important to the individual viewer. Business news usually relates to events and actions taken that directly effect their citizens.

For many foreign news channels, interviewing crazy or corrupt politicians from the extreme ends of political parties is not considered balanced news, nor worthy of national coverage. Only BBC in London spends much time covering politicians and media celebraties like Lady Gaga but I can fast forward past this stuff.

US cable news channels and financial channels are losing viewership rapidly.

Primetime Audiences Leave Cable News

US financial channels like Bloomburg and CNBC tout stocks and are simply corporate mouthpieces. Their so called news is worthless to an average guy like me. They talk about investing in individual companies while 70% of all stock trades are computer generated at rates of thousands of transactions per second. The 1%, investment bankers, and hedge funds have privileged and special access to the various financial exchanges. If their computer schemes go wrong, they get a restart, if I choose wrong, I’m taken to the cleaners.

My DVR is set to record the selected news broadcasts on WNPT2 and BBC that are run in the time frame from midnight to 7:00 a.m. During breakfast I scan the recordings and and watch those things which may be of interest or importance to me. I can also watch live on the internet.

When I want news during the day I go to the internet and watch live economic and world news (with the capability to go “Full Screen”) on http://www.mhznetworks.org/

What have I learned by watching foreign newscasts?

Well, the German Government is now advertising jobs for skilled factory workers to come from anywhere in the world  to Germany for work . They are offering €45,000 salary per year (that’s equal to $56,250 in US dollars). The US economy has been abandoned by corporations as these corporations move their operations, even their headquarters, abroad. I fear that we must accept a new world where, exactly like my ancestors did when they left Europe for the American opportunity that existed here at that time, we will join less developed countries like Mexico, The Philipines, Carribean Islands, and Bulgaria where Americans will leave the US for well paying work and lower cost of living in other countries and send money, food and clothing packages back to their families in the US.

It makes me a little sad……

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One thought on “About Xfinity/Comcast Video Services at The Cloister

  1. If I recall budget figure correctly, there’s something like $100,000 budgeted for cable TV – divided by 240 homes, that’s over $400 each. I realize some of it pays for Club House, TV & internet, I expect. Even so — that’s a whole bunch of money going into Comcast coffers + the “extra” many of us are paying for upgrades. I would really like to know exactly how much we are paying for what!!
    I, for one, would not be opposed to cable service being discontinued as COA “perk.”

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