FAIRFIELD — Comcast will drop KTVU-TV Fox channel 2 from San Francisco in the Fairfield, Vacaville and Rio Vista areas as of Oct. 29, though it will keep the Sacramento Fox affiliate.
The reason is that central Solano County is in the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto market as set by Nielsen Media Research and used by the Federal Communications Commission, Comcast spokesman Bryan Byrd said. Fox as a general rule restricts cable systems from carrying Fox-affiliated stations outside their markets, he said.
“It’s just a process of cleaning up the slate and Fox has reminded us of this,” Byrd said. “We talked to them. This is what the decision was, to drop the station in these areas. The good news is 95 percent of the content is available still to the public, just in different places.”
For example, he said, the prime time Fox programs are on KTXL Fox channel 40 from Sacramento. Fox 40 carries San Francisco 49ers football games, he said.
Most syndicated shows broadcast during the day are carried on different stations. People who want to watch KTVU news from the Bay Area can go to the KTVU website at www.ktvu.com or download the KTVU app.
This isn’t the first time Comcast has dropped a duplicated station. Byrd said that two years ago it stopped carrying the San Francisco ABC affiliate KGO channel 7 in the region, though in that case it remained in the Fairfield-Vacaville-Rio Vista area.
Even though some people in the Fairfield-Vacaville area might identify more with the Bay Area than Sacramento, Comcast must abide by the defined market areas, he said.
Comcast is also dropping KTVU Fox 2 in the Tracy and Yuba City areas, he said.
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This version correct information on KGO channel 7 found in earlier version.