There has been a lot of talk lately about Spectrum Cable TV and the changes they have made in the Berkshires.  A lot of people are not happy with the company moving to an encrypted digital signal requiring residents in the Berkshires to get new cable boxes in order to watch their favorite TV shows, sporting events, movies and more.  Another issue some have is Spectrum's move of our local community television's three channels, Access Pittsfield, CityLink, and Pittsfield ETV from Channels 15, 17 and 18 to a higher tier 1301, 1302 and 1303.

Now according to Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, March 19, at 6 p.m. at the Berkshire Atheneum with the cable company. A clause in the city's contract with the company allows for it to call a public hearing with the company to address such matters.

Officials from Spectrum were not available to attend Tuesday's council meeting. But the councilors will still ask them to appear in the future.

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