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Over the last year, or three, I have noticed one particularly annoying thing Comcast is doing… it is overriding network commercials with their own commercials. Now, by itself this is no big deal, but the problem is they do a very bad job of this. They may begin their overriding at the beginning of a commercial, in the middle, or near the end of the commercial… but this isn’t the worst of it. The worst part is that the Comcast commercials tend to overlap the actual television programming too. It seems the later they begin overriding the network commercials the more of the show’s time they overwrite.

 

THIS HAS GOT TO STOP! I am fed up with having to wonder what the first half of what someone said was, or wondering what scenes were overridden by Comcast commercials!!!

 

If Comcast would perfectly sync their commercial overrides with the network commercials, so that I missed NO PART OF THE SHOW, it wouldn’t be a big deal; a commercial is a commercial no matter who’s getting paid for it. It is just that Comcast does such A LOUSY JOB OF IT that it is a serious problem.

 

And another complaint about Comcast, they have dramatically reduced On Demand programming of late. I suspect they are just trying to milk as many Pay Per Viewers as they can while this writer’s strike is going on. This too is incredibly LAME!!!

 

Anyway, a question to you Dish owners, do they do this lame chop shop act with their commercials too?

 

Anyone have Verizon TV (whatever they are calling that)? And if yes, do they bite into show time with their commercials?

 

I am so mad right now that I am seriously considering ANY of the other entertainment providers.

 

 

MACJR – an angry Comcast customer


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MAC, I keep telling you that CRAPcast is, well, CRAP! But to answer your query, no, DirectTV does NOT chop up the broadcasts like that.

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I have DishTV for a variety of reasons.

One is that Comcast is one of the ugliest monopolies in existence. Their business practices are abhorrent.

We could speak of their unjustified rate hikes, their packages designed to force higher prices, or just their plain old lousy service. Then there's the anti satellite propaganda, from my experience it's all lies.

I knew I'd made the right choice when I called Dish. A human being answered on the third ring. They scheduled installation at my convenience, not between 0800 and 1200, but at a specific hour, on a Saturday.

When I had signal problems a year later they were out the next day to re aim the dish. I haven't had a problem since, regardless of the weather.

Comcast just moved their Philadelphia headquarters two blocks. They built a brand new, 70 story building, for which they will receive tax BREAKS. Did their Philadelphia subscribers receive a rate break? Of course not.

There are many reasons to avoid Comcast.



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When I had Dish I noticed an overwhelming number of Dish commercials.  Now that I’m on Time Warner, I notice an overwhelming number of Time Warner commercials.  They’ll show two commercials for the same product then repeat the same two commercials………. like someone’s hand got stuck on the button.   But luckily they don’t rejoin the program you were watching in mid-sentence. 

 

The weird thing is I have both TV’s on cable, the living room TV is digital (with a box for the movie channels) and the bedroom TV is a straight feed.  I can have both TV’s on the same channel and there will be a 5-second delay in the living room TV broadcast.  So if I’m walking through the bedroom and miss what was said I can go into the living room and catch it.

 

Unfortunately the apartment complex I live in is contracted with Time Warner so I don’t really have a choice.  Although I’ve seen Direct TV trucks around the complex several times.  Time Warner is offering free upgrades for HD.  So I’m wondering why you have to call them for the upgrade if the whole world is moving to HD?  I’m wondering how my antique TV’s will react to HD.


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Well, I have reached my limit with what I will put up with from Comcast!

 

As some of you may know, financially, I have been struggling lately. I have not had this much trouble keeping up with my bills since the 1980s. Anyway, I have been late on my Comcast bill and was disconnected recently. Okay, so anyway, finally, the Comcast bill was paid just in time for SciFi Friday. Cool, TV again, but then I turn on the TV for lunch time news today and find the SOBs had turned my cable off again.

 

Now what the heck? The bill was paid and yet the jerks turned my cable off just in time for the weekend... oh, and guess what, their billing department takes the weekends off.

 

Well, that puts me over the top. I want nothing to do with Comcast ever again. I will be calling Crapcast Monday and telling them just where they can stick their cable!

 

 

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Oh Mac!!! I have been fighting with Comcast for four months.
 
I just paid a huge late payment to keep my cable running. You see, I joined their telephone service which sucked beyond belief. In fact they charged me for two and a half months of which my service was down... not only that, they gave my phone number away!! Bastards all!!
 
If I wasn't addicted to my high speed Internet I'd dump them, but I just cannot force myself to go back to dsl or dial-up.
 
They are the only game in town, for now, but in a year, when there is a revolution in Internet service, I will dump them like garbage because they ARE garbage.

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Oh Mac!!! I have been fighting with Comcast for four months.
 
I just paid a huge late payment to keep my cable running. You see, I joined their telephone service which sucked beyond belief. In fact they charged me for two and a half months of which my service was down... not only that, they gave my phone number away!! Bastards all!!
 
If I wasn't addicted to my high speed Internet I'd dump them, but I just cannot force myself to go back to dsl or dial-up.
 
They are the only game in town, for now, but in a year, when there is a revolution in Internet service, I will dump them like garbage because they ARE garbage.

 

I never fell for the Comcast digital phone service. I knew that sounded like a risky business. I may not be a big fan of Verizon either, but at least their service is reliable and their DSL is okay... if a bit sluggish compared to cable Internet speeds.

 

I do miss the cable internet service, and now that I have dumped cable altogether, I will miss SciFi Friday... especially Stargate Atlantis, but I am getting used to rabbit ears again. Maybe having less entertainment options on my TV will encourage me to get more work done. 

 

At least some of my other favorite programs can be found over the airwaves, so I will not miss out on everything... even if some shows will be seen through a bit of snow. Maybe a new set top antenna will help some with that. I will try to budget that in next month.

 

As for the shows I will miss out on, Kyle XY, Stargate Atlantis, and MythBusters are my biggest losses in getting rid of cable... and those are big losses for me.  Oh well.  :\

 

At least Smallville is on a local channel so I will not miss that when the show returns this fall.

 

 

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I do miss the cable internet service, and now that I have dumped cable altogether, I will miss SciFi Friday... especially Stargate Atlantis, but I am getting used to rabbit ears again. Maybe having less entertainment options on my TV will encourage me to get more work done. 

 
.......edit ..... 

 Maybe a new set top antenna will help some with that. I will try to budget that in next month. 

MACJR


Just don't forget that your rabbit ears won't last past 2009 - you may want to save up for the "Converter Box" instead 


https://www.dtv2009.gov/


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I do miss the cable internet service, and now that I have dumped cable altogether, I will miss SciFi Friday... especially Stargate Atlantis, but I am getting used to rabbit ears again. Maybe having less entertainment options on my TV will encourage me to get more work done. 

 
.......edit ..... 

 Maybe a new set top antenna will help some with that. I will try to budget that in next month. 

MACJR


Just don't forget that your rabbit ears won't last past 2009 - you may want to save up for the "Converter Box" instead 


https://www.dtv2009.gov/

I believe, but could be wrong, that the converter is in addition to the rabbit ears. The connection will go from the rabbit ears to the converter and then to the TV.

 

At least I have a few months before I have to worry about getting the converter.

 

 

By the way, thanks for the link NJ, I have been on the lookout for that but had not searched for it yet.

 

 

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You beat me to it NJ.
 
Yep Mac, you're gonna have to figure out something different by Feb 2009. When the airwaves go High Def your rabbit ears will no longer pick up TV, although the may pick up rabbit sounds.
 
As for Comcast... I have had Cable TV since it came to my neighborhood in the early 80s. They were called Continental Cable and they were the best service group I have ever delt with. Then Comcast bought them and service started to wain, but it wasn't until AT&T bought Comcast that the service went into the garbage pail.
 
I know there are those that swear by satellite TV but the night (1am) I stood out in freezing rain to get the dish back up on the roof (after a wind storm) and nailed in so the "man of the house" could watch TV was the night I decided I would never again pay for satellite TV.

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You beat me to it NJ.
 
Yep Mac, you're gonna have to figure out something different by Feb 2009. When the airwaves go High Def your rabbit ears will no longer pick up TV, although the may pick up rabbit sounds.
 
As for Comcast... I have had Cable TV since it came to my neighborhood in the early 80s. They were called Continental Cable and they were the best service group I have ever delt with. Then Comcast bought them and service started to wain, but it wasn't until AT&T bought Comcast that the service went into the garbage pail.
 
I know there are those that swear by satellite TV but the night (1am) I stood out in freezing rain to get the dish back up on the roof (after a wind storm) and nailed in so the "man of the house" could watch TV was the night I decided I would never again pay for satellite TV.

The Downfall of Cable in my area started back when TCI bought our region from Viacom, it became much worse when AT&T took over our area's cable service. Then came Comcast and they have been even worse than AT&T was (or if you are suggesting that AT&T owns Comcast, then they just kept getting worse).

 

Lately, the prices just keep going up and the quality of the images just keeps going down. Comcast compresses their image so much that there is a lot of image pixilation and distortions happening quite often. Comcast image quality is getting so bad that the snow from regular over the air TV is not that big of a step down.

 

 

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You beat me to it NJ.

Yep Mac, you're gonna have to figure out something different by Feb 2009. When the airwaves go High Def your rabbit ears will no longer pick up TV, although the may pick up rabbit sounds.

As for Comcast... I have had Cable TV since it came to my neighborhood in the early 80s. They were called Continental Cable and they were the best service group I have ever delt with. Then Comcast bought them and service started to wain, but it wasn't until AT&T bought Comcast that the service went into the garbage pail.

I know there are those that swear by satellite TV but the night (1am) I stood out in freezing rain to get the dish back up on the roof (after a wind storm) and nailed in so the "man of the house" could watch TV was the night I decided I would never again pay for satellite TV.


Continental! WOW I haven't heard THAT name in about a decade or two, when I uesed to work for them! But you are correct, Kerra, they really KNEW WTF they were doing, didn't they? Crapcast & I have split ways and, as I told their exit interviewer, they could offer me $1 MILLION dollars AND lifetime service and I STILL wouldn't use them!

Sorry to hear your dish wasn't installed correctly, Kerra, I have DirecTV and it survived that BIG windstorm we had last spring (or was it end of winter?) and I never lost the signal OR power (well, that was only because I have that system connected to a battery backup that was for my desktop pc, but since I don't have a desktop any longer. . .

Listen, IF it wasn't DirecTV and you, ANY of you are interested, just read:


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Point your friend in the right direction and feel good about yourself
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My account # is 24785506.



If you don't, no worries. Just thought I would offer MY 2 cents (and I REALLY love my satellite.


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The Downfall of Cable in my area started back when TCI bought our region from Viacom, it became much worse when AT&T took over our area's cable service. Then came Comcast and they have been even worse than AT&T was (or if you are suggesting that AT&T owns Comcast, then they just kept getting worse).

Lately, the prices just keep going up and the quality of the images just keeps going down. Comcast compresses their image so much that there is a lot of image pixilation and distortions happening quite often. Comcast image quality is getting so bad that the snow from regular over the air TV is not that big of a step down.

MACJR



We had a problem with pixilation until we got a booster from Time Warner.
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Now I am getting knocks on my door and calls for the cable box... that they picked up on the 5th. Good thing I was given a receipt from the first person who came for the box... the guy who Comcast scheduled to come get the box in the first place.

 

And, as messed up as the above seems, my dealings with Verizon have been even worse lately. Whatever happened to customer support anyway. At least with Comcast I am/was talking with real people instead of getting caught in an endless loop of automated no support, like I am at Verizon.  :\

 

Just try to get an e-mail address re-activate at Verizon, so you can get one of their other services that requires a valid Verizon e-mail account to use. Just try to get a real tech support person to talk with at Verizon, I dare you!

 

Anyway, I am getting used to rabbit ears. There are a whole lot more channels over the airwaves than there used to be. All I need is a better antenna, not basic cable! 

 

In fact, the only two channels that Comcast offers at the basic level, that I cannot get over the airwaves (that I care about) is the Discovery Cannel and Northwest Cable News. The History Channel and the SciFi Channel would require the extended basic pack, and that jumps the price up way too much for just the two channels I would want in the extended pack... which doesn't even have the Science Channel in it.

 

Anyway, I am not being TV starved by not having cable anymore, or any other pay for TV services, even if I am missing out of a few favorites. I will get by just fine without Comcast. I am also finding there are some interesting things being shown on some of those regular channels that I used to ignore when I had cable. 

 

 

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I'm a big fan of PBS and I do recall seeing some old favorites when I was working security where there was no cable so I know you aren't starving for good television. Now if you can only convince those thickheads that you already turned in the box.
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