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No. Just because the FCC doesn’t mandate support doesn’t mean that a massive telecommunication company ceases support by shrugging their shoulders and telling customers “oops sorry”.

If your channels were no longer available via cable card due to whatever reason they would have a published verifiable change of service agreement to quote to you which you would have previously been informed of.
I'm on Cablevision. In this case, they get close to "oops sorry". They are moving very heavily to switched digital video. They are cherry picking which channels to you can receive without a tuning adapter. The goal is to set it up so you don't need a tuning adapter unless you want the standard definition feed of ESPN. So ESPN/ESPN2 are on 4 channels in the system SD/35, 36, HD/735, 736. You'd need a tuning adapter to get SD/35, 36. The net-net of the move is that premium channel customers are loosing all of the west coast feeds of their channels. "Oops, Sorry" is not a direct quote from the installer that I talked to but it's pretty close.

As far as the original poster goes, he should be able to receive ESPN2: 735 and ESPN: 736 without the tuning adapter assuming he's near me. Cablevision's territory is large and quite heterogeneous from an equipment perspective. I'm in New Haven County, CT. We use completely different cable cards then they do in either Long Island, Brooklyn, or Northern New Jersey. For example, tuning adapters are required in Long Island. I guess because they couldn't do the SDV split as cleanly along High Def / Standard Def lines.

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Because of the way Cablevision is setup, the OP may find better information in the Optimum section of the: DSLReports Home : Broadband ISP Reviews News Tools and Forums forums - direct link: https://www.dslreports.com/forum/ool This tuning adapter problem has been ongoing for quite some time. People in different regions are told different things. Again, here in New Haven County, CT, I've been lucky that they haven't really taken away any programming, they've just made things more a lot more inconvenient. They've also told me that they cannot send me a tuning adapter and one tuning adapter that I did get was not proper authorized for my account so it was a complete waste of two days for me and the Altice techs that showed up at my house to complete the install. As I said above. I'm pretty certain that the situation in other regions is different. For example. my tech up here had never even seen a tuning adapter and if the box didn't have optimum's branding on it, he wouldn't have believed that he was supposed to support it.

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that's the problem it's not cheaper to stream, not anything like hulu live or youtube tv any way. My provider charges $90 a month for 200/30 high speed internet (I have my own router and modem so no rental charges), I'm paying $114 for internet and 275 channel of cable (value package) so the cable portion is only $24 monthly. Hulu live and youtube tv are both $65+. Sling is like $35-40 for there cheapest package. My cost of a cable box and cloud based dvr will be offset by not paying tivo $16.21 monthly and the $3 monthly charge for the cable card. Tivo had a good 7 year run with me, and i wish them well but as this past month has shown, when something goes wrong, it's un uphill battle, especially when I have a cable provider that knows jack squat about the tech and doesn't want to support it, as evidenced by 4 different services calls with zero resolution. And with the cable service I can download their app to my apple tvs or IOS devices to watch it anywhere, no need for other boxes. On the plus side I will have a Tivo bolt and 2 minis for sale cheap.
I'm on Altice/Optimum in New Haven County, CT. Roughly where are you?

My math is a little different because I bought an all-in bolt a long time ago. So my cost for TiVo is the $2.00 it costs to have the cable card. A box costs $11.00. But you are 100% correct about the cost of streaming. I cut it by having a MythTV feed by Attic mounted Antenna attached to HDHomerun devices. I can stream the MythTV to any AppleTV in either my house or my apartment. By far the biggest cost for streaming is live sports. Football broadcasts on the networks so that's easy. Baseball and Auto racing are only on Cable.
 

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Requiring a tuning adapter is nowhere near stopping to support a channel on CC since every cable company will provide the needed TA for free.

They’re buggy things and often difficult to get provisioned properly on your account but if you are persistent they should work.
Perhaps the OP was a little strident in his argument. However his experience and mine shared the following aspects:

  • Provisioning CableCards has become nearly impossible since only a handful of the call in or webchat techs even know what they are. I pulled a CC out of my HD 3 TiVO and needed it provisioned to work with a Silicon Dust HDHomerun Prime I found on eBay. I reached a total of 5 techs, all of whom wrote my order as fixed for the customer. 3 Didn't know what a CC was at all and made no change. 1 Got the card partially provisioned after an hour. The fifth and last knew what a cable card was and correctly provisioned it on my account.
  • It took me 2.5 years of trying to get a tuning adapter. Cablevision announced the move to SDV, and told everyone with CC that they needed a tuning adapter but non of he walk in centers had them in stock. Further, the only way to determine if the stock level was to drive to the walk-in and wait through the line of people who mostly hadn't paid their bill and needed 10 minutes of account rep time each to complain about the situation.
  • When I got the tuning adapter, it wasn't authorized for my account
  • They sent two technicians to my house to "fix" the tuning adapter. Neither of these persons knew what it was and first tried to charge me $80.00 for the visit even through it was all their equipment that was broken. He had never seen a tuning adapter and believed that it was my personal equipment.
  • I've never received clear confirmation that their switch to SDV is going to leave a core of High Def channels available to CC subscribers without the need for a tuning adapter. Right now it looks like their best effort.
Looking at the OP's problem, I'd bet that his CC is improperly provisioned and that's why he's not receiving ESPN. Regardless, it's his choice. Altice has not completely dropped support for CableCards. But they have watered down the support so much that it's probably no longer worth fighting to get them setup correctly.
 
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