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10 August 2009 @ 05:03 pm
cable and internet  
comcast is charging us too much for our cable. They also want to force us to use digital boxes, which would make our (almost first generation) replay box unhappy. (I think we have and IR blaster, but I'm not really sure if it all would work.

Does anyone have any recent stories about their cable modem net or know of a really nice deal? I'm almost thinking of canceling the cable outright and getting everything from netflix and on line.
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pekmezpekmez on August 10th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
We cancelled cable TV a while ago. Comcast used to give us a reasonable price for only internet and phone services, and then they got rid of that bundle offer.
I told them that on principle I was not willign to buy a TV-net-phone bundle even if it was cheaper than the a la carte price fo just net and phone, but that if they couldn't compete with anyone *else* for net and phone we would go elsewhere.

So ~1 year ago we switched to verizon for voice and DSL. We did have to add a phone jack to our office first. Verizon for those 2 services including caller ID on the phone, which we wanted, is price competitive with what we'd been paying comcast then. We deemed verizon's DSL to be adequate vs what comcast's cable net cost. Performance has been ok since then. Verizon had an initial spate of calls to try to sell us more services once we signed up, and we had to keep telling them to stop calling to offer us new crap. (however, the other idea was that then we'd have less switching to do if Verizon ever ran fios to Somerville... so that particular new crap, yes, PLEASE sell that to us. ;-)


I'm thinking of cancelling netflix too, we don't really use it enough.
chenoamegchenoameg on August 10th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm in the same boat, and seriously considering cancelling cable.
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, cable is the biggest rip-off, especially since the digital conversion. I have yet to convince DH that we should just outright cancel it.
David Phillipsdphilli1 on August 10th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
looked into it, but unfortunately the shows I want aren't available online -- mythbusters, No reservations, Good Eats.
sadness
Jeredjered on August 11th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
All that stuff is available online, just not yet legally...
Erikavacon on August 10th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
I'm vaguely happy with RCN's everything-bundle, but pretty much all TV seems to be all-digital now (or will be soon enough). I decided to just retire my analog tivos and rely on my Series3 tivo with cable cards. (Enough content is in HD now that it may be worth switching to an HD Tivo? Their ability to stream some NetFlix and YouTube content to the TV is nice.)

Shooting for the moonintuition_ist on August 11th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
how much is too much? what bundle/package do you have?
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on August 11th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
$50/month for cable, $46 for internet. I think we use the internet more than enough to justify the cost there.
Binkbinkbink on August 11th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
If I could the channels I want, I would gladly pay the $50 a month. Too bad Comcast's packages are so confusing. I read about the channels, I see a package that looks like my channels are in it, then I find out a codicil that something else is required. Last time I tried to get HGTV and Syfy (Comedy Central was a bonus), I read for 2 hours until my brain asplode, then gave up and didn't order anything.
And I don't want a digital box. My TV is the size of a paperback--where am I going to put their monster box? But they want to force one on me so I can get On Demand (which I don't want) and the like.

Dang captchas. I can neither read the written one, nor understand the spoken one.
Binkbinkbink on August 11th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Cycled the last captcha for 8 choices before I got one I could use.
Only took 4 tries for this one.
Natashahoneyartichoke on August 13th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
What annoys me a lot about comcast is that they (over)charge you some arbitrary price, then as i later found out, you are supposed to argue them down some, by threatening to leave or something, and then they try to raise it again 6 months later. lather rinse repeat. we only have the internet from them, and paying more than you, but i haven't felt like calling them to try to reduce the price.
Binkbinkbink on August 11th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
I get $12 Economy Basic cable, which is enough to qualify as having cable to get the $30 cheaper price for Net. Or to put it another way, if I didn't have the $12 cable I would have to pay $30 more than my current price to have net without cable.
There are folks in Canada complaining that Shaw Cable is encrypting channels with the '0x02' flag. This flag has the effect of making the IEEE1394 (Firewire) output useless to customers who use third-party PVRs and forcing them to use (read: pay to rent) Shaw's recording system. I think in the U.S. this behaviour is against the law, but don't count on being allowed to use your recorder on their digital box. Chances are they will find a way.
I wonder if you have a clear shot at the southern horizon, and it is time for a dish? I hear the available programming is more varied and the price much lower. I am sure you can tolerate snow outages, if that happens and you might even be able to put it in the crawl space instead of out on the roof.
Also, have you tried your over-the-air signals? Assuming you have an ATSC receiver, you might be pleasantly surprised. Back in the analog days, I got a whole lot of different stations when I was visiting.
The digital rooftop antennas are quite small compared to the old analog ones.