- Superbowl to be broadcast on ABC-TV
By FRANK PHILLIPS
Indianapolis Colts fans hope their team makes it to the Superbowl. If they have cable-TV in Brazil, they also hope they will be able to see the Superbowl, which will be on ABC television.
While WRTV, the ABC affiliate in Indianapolis, remains off Charter Cablevision in Brazil, people continue to call The Brazil Times, expressing frustration.
Since the report in Wednesday's newspaper was written, The Brazil Times has learned that recently Dish Network added Indianapolis TV stations WTHR (NBC) and WRTV to its local channel package. The WTHR is on Channel 6209 and WRTV is on Channel 6208.
Dish Network is available from various businesses in the Wabash Valley.
Jackie Edington, Manager of Radio Shack at Forest Park Plaza in Brazil, sent the newspaper an e-mail correcting Wednesday's report, saying Dish subscribers in Clay, Greene, Lawrence, Parke, and Vermillion counties will receive WRTV.
However, The Brazil Times has learned the Indianapolis stations may not automatically appear on receivers in existing Dish subscribers' homes. A call to Dish's technical support may be necessary to obtain the Indianapolis local stations.
Dish's local channels package costs $4.99 per month and includes WTHI (CBS), WTWO (NBC), WFXW (Fox), WUSI (PBS) and WVUT (PBS) as well as WTHR and WRTV.
As of 8 a.m. Thursday, WRTV was still off Charter Cablevision. In its place was a message stating: "WRTV has notified Charter Communications by letter that they will no longer authorize Charter Communications to carry its signal after Dec. 31, 2005. Charter and WRTV have been in negotiations over the right to carry our programming network on our channel lineup. So far, an agreement has not been reached. We apollogize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. If you have any questions, feel free to call our customer care center at 1-888-getcharter."
While the NFL playoff games will be carried on CBS and Fox, fans will still want to see the Superbowl on ABC. Colts fans hope to watch their team become champions.
"But, we have to get through two tough teams first," a Colts spokesman told The Brazil Times on Wednesday.