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Old 10-31-2011, 12:35 PM   #1
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Don't know is this is the place for this or not. I just moved and I'm looking for service. I'm severely limited in my choices. They are basically?

Comcast
Dish
Direct

So as you see there isn't really any other option for internet, so I'm stuck with comcast for that. there are a couple phone cos that do internet but they max at 3 megs down and that's not going to work for my needs.

For TV we have the listed. So you would think a comcast bundle deal would be the best bet since I already need internet from them. Problem is with comcast,

First they lock you into a contract if you want the best deal

Second you better not want any other TVs because that's at minimum an extra 9 dollars a month. There are free options, but if they are actually how they read on the site you can only get local stations on a TV with no box now.

3rd they claim there is no charge for an HD box, which is true, but they hit you with a "HD Technology" fee for 9 dollars? Want a DVR? how about 15.

I don't even have any idea of how much it will be for installation or what they charge for the monthly "fees" for whatever else they can come up with.

So I figure I'm looking at somewhere north of a hundred a month for their "cheapest" "69.99" a month deal. And that's with dropping 70 or so dollars for a modem. Otherwise that's another 7 a month too.

Don't know its frustrating. Seems like a big racket to me.

Anyone have any ideas? Whats do you all do?

Ive had Satellite and I was less then impressed with it. Had nothing but issues in the rain, or when it was cloudy. There are also a lot of trees around my house, so Im thinking that could be an issue too depending or where they have to point the dish or if its windy.
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:05 PM   #2
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Try an antenna and a 4G phone for internet. Problem is, it costs as much as cable or sat TV.

It costs what it costs and there isn't anything you can do about it.
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:33 PM   #3
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Try an antenna and a 4G phone for internet. Problem is, it costs as much as cable or sat TV.

It costs what it costs and there isn't anything you can do about it.
Yeah, Internets not the problem really. Its the cost of TV. It just goes up and up.

Your right I cant do anything about it, except not give them my money. Drop in the bucket I know.
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:59 PM   #4
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Welcome to the United States of Economy. As for cable, it also depends on the market you are in. Sadly, I am in California, which has some of our highest rates compared to other states.
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:35 PM   #5
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the reason why cable cost's so much is because they know they have us by the neck's. and there is no much out there cable vison of ny is killing us every month, but comcast seems to cost the most my cosuin he had comcast and he swicthed to fios and he is saveing like 45 dollars a month i will be geting fios also
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:51 PM   #6
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Every time a broadcaster raises thier rates, the cable provider has to raise thier rates. The prices that your stating are the retail pricing. Call back and try to get a better deal.
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:20 PM   #7
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Every time a broadcaster raises thier rates, the cable provider has to raise thier rates. The prices that your stating are the retail pricing. Call back and try to get a better deal.
We actually just had a meeting about this. It is surprising at how expensive the contracts are becoming to allow channels to be provided. Its not JUST the cable company doing the raping
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:32 AM   #8
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Cable service is expensive in my opinion but the costs to provide the service are high. I don't see any evidence of excessive profits with DirecTV, Dish, or the various cable companies. I do see rare examples of cable profits but a big percentage of the market can switch to satellite and drive prices back down to competitive rates. If there were excessive profits, some other company would build the infrastructure necessary to participate in the market. Any price gouging in our economy is always temporary, competition works great.

If anybody believes the companies are just inefficient and the prices should be lower, go ahead and prove it, enter the market and beat their price. I dropped DirecTV after 12 years because I wasn't willing to pay the price any longer after all of the increases. I don't blame DirecTV, I looked at their financial results, rather pitiful, so I just accept that is the necessary price to provide the service. I am living with OTA and TiVo along with Google TV and doing great.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:36 AM   #9
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I did just drop AT&T DSL after 5 years for Comcast Xinity cable internet service and I am glad there is a lot of competition for internet service. If Comcast raises the prices for the service I need, I will look at other options.
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I had to drop twc internet that was $44.95 a month with a $7 late fee which I seemed to get every month regardless was rather costly.I switched to AT&T fast access dsl at 6 megs for $24.95 w/o a contract.Same speed twc was giving me.Twc is very arrogant and basically told me if I wasn't willing to get an hd box and phone service they couldn't and wouldn't lower my internet price.Like Chris said it's the broadcasters and content providers that are driving prices up.
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If you think back to the days of dialup, I think if you added up your CableTV, dialup service, local phone, second phone (usually), and long distance, its probably less today. Id be curious to know the statistics.

Im less concerned with my TV rates than I am for the price of gasoline, and what my grocery bills are every month. Never thought Id see the price of a gallon of milk compete with gasoline.
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its expensive because people keep paying the bill. and get this, most cable modem services are asymmetric speeds which make video calling (skype, etc) a real pita.
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its expensive because people keep paying the bill. and get this, most cable modem services are asymmetric speeds which make video calling (skype, etc) a real pita.
No, it's expensive because of people that DON'T pay their bills. Somebody needs to pay for that service, so the cable companies divide those costs up among all of us that DO pay.
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No, it's expensive because of people that DON'T pay their bills. Somebody needs to pay for that service, so the cable companies divide those costs up among all of us that DO pay.
hah, i used to work for a big cable company, its not because of people who dont pay their bills!
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hah, i used to work for a big cable company, its not because of people who dont pay their bills!
They expensive because they are publicly traded companies on the stock market that have to turn a profit to stay in business!
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