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Old September 15 2009, 05:25 PM   #1
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Is Comcast going to implode?

Been meaning to post this for a while...but i was wondering if anyone else feels like COmcast might be the next big corporation to implode:
  • ridiculous commercials (though my 4 year old seems fascinated by them)
  • Poor service (multiple outages)
  • Rising prices (such as on demand movies; costing now $4.99 and up; Redbox is only $1, and seems to have as good a selection)
  • Unneeed monopoly (in CHicago, CLTV, a 24/[really 13 3/4 hour] Chicago area news channel can ONLY be seen on COmcast)
  • Lackluster On Deman COntent
  • semi-randomly assigned channel numbers (HD channels kinda plopped in between ~ 171 and ~330; groupings that get interrupte by an unrelated channel)
  • Overcharge for HD package
Anyone want to the list? Or am i just disgruntled?
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Old September 15 2009, 06:42 PM   #2
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Re: Is Comcast going to implode?

I agree. My main beef is that I have seen no additional HD channels added in my area since January!
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Old September 15 2009, 06:49 PM   #3
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Re: Is Comcast going to implode?

Er, all those things point to Comcast actually doing very well. If they can provide shitty service while making you pay through the nose, business is good.

I hate Comcast, but they seem to be doing just fine.
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Old September 15 2009, 07:03 PM   #4
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Re: Is Comcast going to implode?

Yes, Comcast is god-awful.

However, I believe in at least some cities they have established themselves as the only cable provider by greasing the wheels at city hall. I know Tallahassee, FL (state capital) gave Comcast a legal monopoly on cable coverage in the city. Which I think should be illegal.
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Old September 15 2009, 07:05 PM   #5
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Re: Is Comcast going to implode?

Here where I live we're waiting for U-Verse but Comcast has blocked them in court
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Old September 15 2009, 07:09 PM   #6
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Re: Is Comcast going to implode?

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Here where I live we're waiting for U-Verse but Comcast has blocked them in court
Again, can't believe this stuff is legal. But this is what happens when corporations have the same rights as individuals.
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Old September 15 2009, 07:13 PM   #7
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Re: Is Comcast going to implode?

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Here where I live we're waiting for U-Verse but Comcast has blocked them in court
Again, can't believe this stuff is legal. But this is what happens when corporations have the same rights as individuals.
No, this is what happens when you give cable companies a loophole telecoms don't have.

At this point, there is very little functional difference between what Comcast does and what AT&T does. The difference is, AT&T is regulated so they must open their lines up to competitors. Cable companies are allowed to have local monopolies and are not required to share their lines whatsoever.

Telecom regulation needs to become medium-agnostic. Be it fiber, coax, over the air, or copper, and whether you're primarily pushing data to customers or customers are dialing out, they should all be subject to the same anti-monopoly rules.
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Old September 15 2009, 07:14 PM   #8
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Re: Is Comcast going to implode?

Yeah, I'm with you. It doesn't make sense.
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Old September 15 2009, 07:26 PM   #9
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Re: Is Comcast going to implode?

But that's the thing. U-Verse would not be using Comcast's equipment. I'm not saying AT & T are angels but I'm sure my cable bill would go down if there was competition.
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Old September 15 2009, 07:36 PM   #10
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But that's the thing. U-Verse would not be using Comcast's equipment. I'm not saying AT & T are angels but I'm sure my cable bill would go down if there was competition.
Is AT&T not available in your area? Because, as you alluded, DSL runs off of the phone lines, and the TV comes down via satellite, so Comcast's equipment is not involved. It is competition, but it could be arguable whether it's an "apples to apples" comparison, since the technologies involved are different and their perceived differently.
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Old September 15 2009, 08:35 PM   #11
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Re: Is Comcast going to implode?

Yeah I got DSL but Comcast has blocked AT & T from giving us U-verse. This is in court right know IIRC
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Old September 15 2009, 08:39 PM   #12
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Re: Is Comcast going to implode?

Cancel or downgrade your service if they really piss you off that much. The only way to make them take note is to affect their bottom line. All the bitching in the world means exactly nothing.

I did so after getting fed up with their cable TV prices increasing literally every 4-6 months with absolutely no enhancements that mattered to me. I dropped down to high-speed internet only with them and I've been just fine with OTA HD TV signals for my TV fix.
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Old September 15 2009, 08:40 PM   #13
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Yeah I got DSL but Comcast has blocked AT & T from giving us U-verse. This is in court right know IIRC
What the hell? I don't see how that's even remotely legal.
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Old September 15 2009, 08:47 PM   #14
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Re: Is Comcast going to implode?

If Comcast is going to implode, I really, really hope it happens before the company acquires Mediacom (which is a rumor I hear more and more often). Mediacom is bad, but I'll take that over the cesspool of suck that is Comcast.
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Old September 15 2009, 08:56 PM   #15
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Cancel or downgrade your service if they really piss you off that much. The only way to make them take note is to affect their bottom line. All the bitching in the world means exactly nothing.

I did so after getting fed up with their cable TV prices increasing literally every 4-6 months with absolutely no enhancements that mattered to me. I dropped down to high-speed internet only with them and I've been just fine with OTA HD TV signals for my TV fix.
I was actually going to try the old "I'll switch to the D*sh network" to see if they'll go down in price.
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