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Re: What Happened to Channel 1?

Neal McLain (
Mon, 25 Oct 2004 20:47:38 -0500

DevilsPGD <> wrote:

> Shaw cable is (or was, I don't have my TV connected to my DCT
> right now) using channel 1 as a digital channel for themselves.
> Analog cable still starts at 2 though.

Some analog cable systems start (or used to start) at Cable Channel 1.

Three analog frequency plans are approved by the FCC for use by the
cable TV industry:

IRC Incrementally-related carriers
HRC Harmonically-related carriers
STD Standard

The IRC and HRC plans include Cable Channel 1. Details at

IRC and HRC are rarely used today; however, many so-called "cable
ready" television sets still include some means to receive them:
either an obscure little switch or an option in the setup menu.

Neal McLain

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