Still good times.1027BrianFM wrote: ↑Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:05 pmThe Tocom box with the wood grain on it, my grandparents had that one, you could flip between A/B on the remote. They also had the General Instruments one shown for a time, We had that one too after we finally got to ditch Bedford Cable in 2001, I was still living at home then. The Motorola one i had when I lived in Toledo and Perrysburg. Up untill recently I went without cable for like 5 years. I never had any trouble with the Motorola box but I am thinking they have stopped issuing those. I had one of those back in like 2005.
Thanks, I was trying to remember what the name was again.Bedford Cable indeed was Phoenix Cable service, in 1997 an Ohio company bought them and renamed it Frontier Vision, then it was Adelphia.
I bet. No doubt whoever ran the cable company simply couldn't keep up if they weren't going to upgrade the wires in time. I could see why Buckeye came in.I am told Buckeye bought them and closed them down, or did Adelphia just close it on there own? Bedford Cable office was on Lewis and Dean, across from Kaisers vegetable/fruit market. They were a bit of a low budget operation, the service was indeed bad. When Primestar and some of the other small dish company's came to be in the mid 90's, people were dropping Bedford Cable like a bad habit. I remember going to a friends house Junior year and just being blown away by all the channels they got, this was 1997.
Even for a local operation in a bedroom community (of course Buckeye is still quite independent among the sea of titans out there).I think one good thing that came out of the 1996 Telecommunications act was, Buckeye could cross the state line. Before, I believe this is why they didn't. Buckeye's service, was considered actually one of the best in the country at one point. On the other, Bedford Cable looked like something from a communist country.
I don't think Buckeye ever gave us that experience too much, though channel 3B used to be a scrambled picture of Showtime I recall. Not sure about watching the CATV channels outside the cable boxes though.The Scrambled pay channels, you could hear sound but it was obviously just squiggly lines. I remember one time, The Playboy Channel was unscrambled but they weren't showing anything Juicy .
When Buckeye finally added Playboy, they made it a PPV service instead of a premium one.At one point I think Playboy was only on at night and they showed infomercials during the day. Pass Sports was off the air most of the days. No one I knew of had Playboy or Showtime for that matter, which was ch 19. My one Friend had HBO. I got an early taste of Rated R movies, as we had The Movie Channel which was on Ch 15. We had the Jerrold boxes I think untill the end or untill the late 90s, I think one of the tv's did have the Scientific Atlanta box. That box, if you didn't subscribe to a pay channel it skipped right over it, if you say punched in 18, all you got was CH 3 public access .
I also remember channel 3 and the blocky message channel, I think it looked a little like this...