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Aug 19, 2013 11:33 AM by Elaine Sheridan

Comcast drops popular RFD-TV

Comcast has decided not to carry a popular channel in our area.

RFD-TV, was dropped by the Comcast Corporation on all their cable systems in Colorado and New Mexico last week.

Colorado and New Mexico based businesses affected include the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), Professional Bull Riders (PBR), Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), Superior Livestock Auction (SLA), National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA), Little Britches Rodeo, and Parelli Natural Horsemanship, who all air weekly programs on RFD-TV.

"The Colorado events covered have an enormous financial impact to the tourism industry in our state," said Rod Slyhoff, President of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. "RFD-TV is an excellent fit for both the rural and urban areas of Colorado since it portrays our vibrant agricultural community." Slyhoff added.

Rural Media Group, Inc., says they were surprised by the move because "RFD-TV has higher ratings than over 100 other channels in these market, and was the number one Nielsen rated channel for the 50+ demographic, and number one channel for 'Time Spent Viewing.' The company also says that they have more than 3,000 customer complaints about the channel being dropped.

"We continually strive to add value to our Xfinity TV services and enhance the customer experience with advanced products and services, including additional high definition content," Comcast spokesperson Cindy Parsons said in a statement to News 5. "As a result, we regularly evaluate the content we offer in all areas. In this case, we have made the decision to remove carriage of RFD TV for customers in Colorado effective August 13, 2013."

 

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