Cut the cord years ago After being a directv customer almost 15 years I told them where to shove it. One price hike too many in those 15 years. Directv never raised prices until they bought out the competition.
Now I have OTA HD and Netflix. Also I have what is called free to air television. 36 inch dish on a motor. Watch over 500 channels in the clear directly off the birds in the sky. Totally legal as long as you only try to watch the unscrambled.
Not paying $100+ a month anymore for reality crap and reruns I saw years ago. Every one in the entertainment industry needs to wake up and realize we are in a recession/depression
Re: Cut the cord years ago Many people are only blaming Service providers and not the broadcasters. Look these large networks and TV channels raise rates and want more and more for their channel. Those rate increases are passed onto the consumer.
For the services that are provided its actually a heck of a deal. Many households drop 100-150$+ on cell phone bills for the entire family all for phone calls, text and mobile access to the internet.
Yet complain about paying 100-175$ for a cable package that includes...Hundreds of tv channels including High Definition programming and DVR service, Highspeed internet access for the family including free wireless if you take the time to have them mail you a router, Unlimited nationwide calling.
I know alot of folks have an unrealistic sense of entitlement and want EVERYTHING for free but sorry this is the real world. There are plenty of packages and different deals available so that pretty much anyone can get into a package/price point that suits them and their lifestyle.
Or by all means enjoy your antenna/internet Television service. These internet channels are slowly but surely already beginning to charge for service. Their testing the waters and its a matter of time before your paying exactly the same price you were before.
If you want to be able to legally access this programming your going to pay for it. Might as well let a company do the hard part for you and just make it easy to access and watch.
Look at it this way DSLR mods if it were not for people like myself your job here would be boring...your welcome
Santa Monica, CA
Shorting Moffet Has this guy ever called anything right?
CableSaTelCo rate increases will continue.
Despite the pirate and proletariat mob ethics that seem to dominate this forum, and regardless of my personal feelings towards CableCo, we still have 100+ million households in the US.
And so long as those households are mixed, with spouses and/or children, the interpersonal conflict will mean that both LifeTime, ESPN, and Disney channels are subscribed to keep the peace at the lowest cost.
$100 for a month for Comcast "basic" is a lot cheaper than a babysitter, a night out at the ArcLight, Couples Counseling, or divorce court. And it always will be.
I've renegotiated all of our big fat (nuclear) family cable bills in the past two years - shaving triple-play from $190 to $140, but no longer to $100, because the poor husband has only one refuge in life, his beloved sports channels and the DVR that records them simultaneously.