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Comments on news posted 2012-03-22 14:33:39: Competition works best in threes, so says timeless wisdom. In central Connecticut there is broadband competition - well sort of -- but this competition comes in a twosome. ..



jchambers28

join:2007-05-12
Alma, AR

1 recommendation

Cox bundle

Cox offered me a TV and internet bundle but with the caps it was less attractive.



ArrayList
netbus developer
Premium
join:2005-03-19
Evanston, IL

1 recommendation

Yep

I just love signing up for crap that I don't need.


axus

join:2001-06-18
Washington, DC

Cool

Thanks for the article Comcast vs. AT&T, there's a fun choice.



antdude
A Ninja Ant
Premium,VIP
join:2001-03-25
United State
kudos:4

Yeah, sneaky promotions and cheap prices.

I always look at their regular prices first and then look at their promotions.


Papageno

join:2011-01-26
Portland, OR

Digital Economy means no access to HD, either, alas

Even to the HD equivalents of SD channels you're already getting in the Digital Economy package, which is kinda bullshit. And even if you're not relying on Comcast's cable box but on your own HD Tivo + CableCard.



dmeyer6

join:2002-08-14
Austin, TX

Bundles suck

$89/mo is kinda high for an internet + digital TV bundle. And it's pretty deceptive because they don't include the taxes and fees for the cable box, modem, etc.

For me, paying more than $45/mo to the telco/cableco is stupid. I get all the free TV channels with a UHF antenna and everything else I can get on Netflix or Torrent.

Give me a la carte Cable TV and I might be willing to spend a few bucks more to watch the 3 or 4 cable channels I actually do like, such as Comedy Central and Discovery Networks.


Kevin Bryan

join:2012-03-19
Scotland, CT
reply to Papageno

Re: Digital Economy means no access to HD, either, alas

Could that be because of the market you live in?

In parts of Connecticut HD feeds of both the local (broadcast) and most of the expanded basic in the Economy package are included. Fox News HD is not listed on the guide but does come through on Ch. 241.


Papageno

join:2011-01-26
Portland, OR

Well, that may be. I was surprised that HD didn't come with the Economy tier in Portland, OR. As it turned out though there was a show or two that I wanted to watch on TNT, which wasn't included in the Economy tier.

By the way, whatever happened to a-la-carte pricing? I couldn't give two craps about the sports channels, or the Home and Garden bullsh*t, or cooking or MTV or VH1 for instance.



StuartMW
Who Is John Galt?
Premium
join:2000-08-06
Galt's Gulch
kudos:2

Duh!

Isn't this all a case of caveat emptor?

All these companies are trying to make as much from you as possible. Yeah its a hassle to read the fine print but these "deals" probably aren't as good as they first seem in the TV/radio/website ads.

I do bundle my internet and TV services and (really) get $5 off/month. Not a lot but I researched that offer, looking for "tricks", before I signed up for it.
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Telco

join:2008-12-19

1 recommendation

Scam

The other problem with bundles in our market is that they are only for x time: 6, 12, or 18 months. After that, you pay out of the you know where.


Kevin Bryan

join:2012-03-19
Scotland, CT
reply to StuartMW

Re: Duh!

said by StuartMW:

I do bundle my internet and TV services and (really) get $5 off/month. Not a lot but I researched that offer, looking for "tricks", before I signed up for it.

I get your point, however, price is not the bottom line for all of us. I might want to get the Economy TV package with Comcast for $40, sign up with 3.0 mbps DSL service with an independent, local DSL provider that provides great service for $50, and pay Ma Bell $10 for POTS phone service at a per minute rate (a requirement for the independent DSL service), and be very happy with that $100 "bundle" that I made on my own. Someone could tell me that they get way more from Comcast for $100 (HD box extra of course). Myself and I'm sure others on here alike prefer the freedom of making up our own unbundled bundle.


IowaCowboy
Iowa native
Premium
join:2010-10-16
Springfield, MA
Reviews:
·Verizon Broadban..
·Comcast

I have the Xfinity Triple Play

I like having my home phone, internet, phone (and soon my home security if I get it) through one provider. It's one bill instead of three or four. And they usually offer bundle discounts.

I am thinking of ditching the Extreme 50 upgrade and going back to Blast when I get Xfinity home security installed.
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All of my CPE (including my EMTA) is customer owned. The only Comcast owned equipment in my house is the CableCards in the two TiVO boxes I own.


Kevin Bryan

join:2012-03-19
Scotland, CT

Could you let me know whom you bought your Comcast compatible EMTA from ?



IowaCowboy
Iowa native
Premium
join:2010-10-16
Springfield, MA
Reviews:
·Verizon Broadban..
·Comcast

said by Kevin Bryan:

Could you let me know whom you bought your Comcast compatible EMTA from ?

I bought it from Best Buy as Best Buy sells it at certain locations and it came in Xfinity branded packaging. I bought mine at the Holyoke MA (Holyoke Mall) Best Buy for $149.99 and it's the Arris TM722G, which supports DOCSIS 3.0
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All of my CPE (including my EMTA) is customer owned. The only Comcast owned equipment in my house is the CableCards in the two TiVO boxes I own.

Sammer

join:2005-12-22
Canonsburg, PA
reply to Telco

Re: Scam

said by Telco:

The other problem with bundles in our market is that they are only for x time: 6, 12, or 18 months. After that, you pay out of the you know where.

Especially with Xfinity! IMHO Xfinity really means infinitely expensive.

fiberguy
My views are my own.
Premium
join:2005-05-20
kudos:3
reply to dmeyer6

Re: Bundles suck

said by dmeyer6:

$89/mo is kinda high for an internet + digital TV bundle. And it's pretty deceptive because they don't include the taxes and fees for the cable box, modem, etc.

It is? Basic is about $55 and internet is about $46. I'd say $11 off isn't a bad deal. What are you expecting?... a 50% break? Wait.. I need to keep reading.

For me, paying more than $45/mo to the telco/cableco is stupid. I get all the free TV channels with a UHF antenna and everything else I can get on Netflix or Torrent.

Well, you're going to pay more than $45 a month then because you're pretty much an internet-only customer and that's USUALLY not going to get you just internet at $45 a month. Interesting, though, that being your internet connection is giving you your web, email, music, TV, banking, multiple connections to the internet, etc,.. seems like the connection has a lot of value doesn't it?

Give me a la carte Cable TV and I might be willing to spend a few bucks more to watch the 3 or 4 cable channels I actually do like, such as Comedy Central and Discovery Networks.

I knew I needed to keep reading. It's never going to happen.. you're never going to be able to just spend "a few bucks more" and subscribe to a couple channels. The industry isn't set up for customers like you who just want a channel or what not.

... ahhh, to be young again.


StuartMW
Who Is John Galt?
Premium
join:2000-08-06
Galt's Gulch
kudos:2
reply to Kevin Bryan

Re: Duh!

said by Kevin Bryan:

I get your point, however, price is not the bottom line for all of us.

It wasn't for me either. I already had the TV service (for 16+years) when I relocated and had to find a new ISP. Bundling the two was more of a convenience (of only having one bill). The $5 saving was a bonus.

CenturyLink is constantly bombarding me with offers to bundle phone service. Instead I use a MagicJack, which although not perfect, suits my needs at a far lower cost.
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