CTAC Meeting Wednesday, April 3rd 2019
Tad Weinstein – (West Haven._ – Chair
Peaches Quinn – (New Haven) – Vice Chair
George Alexander – (Hamden) – Treasurer
Laurel Coleman – (Hamden) – Advisor
Yvonne Manning-Jones – (New Haven ) – Advisor.
Johnes Ruta – (New Haven) – Acting Secretary
Sharon Codeanne – COMCAST Representative
Meeting convened at 6:05.
- Review of March 13, 2019 Minutes
Sharon talks about the PEGPETIA Fund – says that every cable franchise still must provide 6.5%
of gross revenues to PEGPETIA.
Laurel Coleman makes Motion to accept March Minutes. George Alexander seconds the
Motion. Vote unanimous.
2. COMCAST Report – Sharon Codeanne.
* Comcast launched Amazon Prime Video app on Xfinity X1 in December, giving Xfinity X1
customers easy access to thousands of additional premium shows and movies.
* Our annual Comcast Cares Day will take place on Saturday, May 4th – Comcast employees
will be volunteeringat various projects at the East Rock School on Nash Street in New Haven.
All are invited to attend.
* Zee Living HD notified that, effective January 11, 2019, it will be ceasing operations.
* Effective April 12, 2019, Comcast will be offereing a new Spanish-language channel,
RCN Novelas to its Xfinity Latino Package. RCN Novelas is a Spanish-language network
designed for women with a focus on telenovelas and dramas.
* Comcast programming agreement with TuTV to carry Bandamax, De Pelicula, De Pelicula
Clasico, Telehit, and RMS/Ritmoson expires on April 8, 2019, and these channels will
no longer be available. These channels are carried on Xfinity Latino.
* On April 9, 2019, we are launching QVC 2, QVC 2 HD, QVC 3, and QVC 3 HD on
* Comcast annual support check for $2,000 was sent to the Advisory Council in
* Peaches Quinn COMCAST questions:
(a) “Comcast equipment in New Haven is old. – Is there any plan to upgrade the
network equipment ?”
Sharon C.: “The Comcast equipment is not outdated.”
(b) Peaches relates that a service person replaced her cable line to the street pole
and the “tag board” that wires go into.
Sharon C. explains that that is the so-called “drop” from t he street to the house.
She says she “will do research on these technical functions and provide more info.”
(c) Peaches question #2: regarding Xfinity X1 – her Netflix access seems to have
disappeared from her Apps screen. “Movies are limited more than her Netflix
* George Alexander asks about the digital picture breakup while watching DVR recordings.
Tad explains that this happens on all providers.
Yvonne mentions that the Comcast cell-phone system is on the Verizon platform.
Discussion on cable TV rates jurisdiction: CT Legislature Proposed Bill 6421 to give
CT jurisdiction on rate increases is favored by CTAC. However this requires that
Title 16 of the General Statutes be amended to regulate cable television rates.
George Alexander asks Sharon is Comcast has any discount rates for Adult Day Care
facilities? Sharon Codeanne specifies that at this time there are group discount rates
“only for Boys and Girls Clubs.”
- CTV Report – files by Joseph Schofield CTV Executive Director
CTV holds its spring orientation April 4th, for field and studio production classes.
53 applicants have been invited, of which we expect half to show up, and only half
to complete the training courses. This has been our history. We continue to struggle
to accommodate all of our priducers with studio time.
CTV is finalizing the establishment of its Podcast room across from the main studio.
We will be able to do both audio and video podcasts. It will be open to the public
without individuals having to take a course.
Comcast (and, thus, CTV) continues to lose subscribers. Over the past 17 years, CTV
has lost around 20,000 subscribers, resulting in the loss of $19 5,000 annually. In the
past 4 years, the CTV staff has gone from 10 members to 6. The remaining staff has
stepped up to fill the gaps. Management staff has foregone pay increases. The staff
and Board are seeking other revenue streams.
Wells Fargo Bank is renewing our mortgage for another 5 year term in Julu. By purchasing
our current location, CTV has save $30,000 annually in rental/occupancy fees.
George tells us that the annual Post Office Box fee of $234 is coming due.
Peaches makes a Motion to make this payment. Tad seconds this Motion,
Vote is unanimous.
5. Tad Weinstein announces that he is moving his residence to Milford in the next months,
so that will no longer be qualified to represent West Haven at CTAC. He feels he must
resign next month. The members are shocked, as Tad has been the Chairperson for
more that 15 years.
Peaches makes a Motion to maintain Tad until July of this year. We recommend that
we petition the Mayor of West Haven to retain Tad as long as possible.
Johnes seconds this Motion. All vote YES !
Next meeting Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 6:00PM.
Meeting adjourned: 7:15 PM.
April 3, 2019 Minutes respectfully submitted by Johnes Ruta (New Haven) Acting Secretary.