Why cable sucks

I don’t want my MTV — and then some – The Boston Globe

I often consider dropping digital cable and just illegally downloading everything or occasionally buying off whatever site offers them, or just waiting for the inevitable DVD.

And like the author of the story I’ve linked to, I have asked (in my case, Time Warner) why I can’t just pay for what I want. This came up recently when my cable bill went up by like $3. I have a bundled package with digital cable TV and my internet service. If I go down a level in terms of TV, I’d actually be paying MORE. Their excuse for the price hike was that the channels had raised the price of the programs.

Now, I had to call and ask for that information. There wasn’t even a slick marketing bullshit insert with my bill (or at least not one I noticed). What are the networks doing charging more for their programming when DVRs and the internet are shaking them up so much?

I would assume that if I changed to basic analog service my cable internet price would suddenly go up. Maybe it’d be slowly, or maybe it’d be sudden…but like most companies, Time Warner would guilt me into purchasing more crap because it will “save me money.” grrr….

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    • leevie
    • May 17th, 2006 12:22pm

    Geez, I feel your damn pain! Comcast is the same way. I don’t even watch that much cable TV. Only reason I really have it is for the reception. And then of course, there’s my cable internet, which is reee-diculously priced! But like you said, if I had that by itself, it would cost more. …I’m think I’m gonna become a digi-pirate!

    • vcmc
    • May 18th, 2006 12:23pm

    Time Warner just called me up to try to offer cable tv on top of my internet… I like how easy it is to shut them down when I tell them I don’t own a TV.

    • The Truth Hurts
    • May 18th, 2006 12:24pm

    They always get huffy at me when I say that I only use a cell phone since they are constantly try to upsell me to “digital phone.”

    • Anonymous
    • March 26th, 2007 11:41am

    I switched to Comcast’s basic (analog) service which offered about 15 stations for $15.00/mo several months ago. I recently purchased an LG HDTV and to my surprise, I am picking up all the local HD channels as well as close to 50 digital channel including digital music channels. shhhhh!

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