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Subject: Re: Canceling cable TV Date: 1/7/2011 10:38 PM
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Plus, one of the channels with 2 sub-channels goes off at midnight. It looks like they just reduce power but I am not far from the antenna so I don't see why I would lose everything at the stroke of midnight.

Having no idea what station or what channel, I can only speculate, but it take "more electricity" to power those sub-channels, and given the very small viewership they probably have (so far), the station probably deems it a waste of electrons to stay on all night.

(It's not a pure savings, because they doubtless keep the tubes warm, but the actual act of "broadcasting" several tens of thousands of watts takes juice. It might also be that they have to pay certain rights for their programming; the more programs the more rights, and it's just not worth their while.

It's wasn't so long ago that even big stations went off the air after the Tonight Show at 1AM. Then the network added a follow-on program, which only the largest affiliates picked up. Eventually the smaller cities came aboard, and the cycle repeated. Now, in the biggest cities, most stations stay on all night, but in the smaller venues it's not unusual to see the station sign-off and sign-back on, because the potential audience just doesn't justify the expenditure.
 
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