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Comments on news posted 2014-02-10 16:26:09: Last fall we were the first to report on a new Comcast "Internet Plus" bundle that included 20 channels & HBO and a 25 Mbps broadband line for $40-$50 a month, depending on the market. ..

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RWSI

join:2012-11-27
Albuquerque, NM

1 recommendation

Do it now!

Just cut the cord and say no more Comcast.



hayabusa3303
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so

Olympic stuff is over-rated... sorry...

They want to make a quick BUCK....


en103

join:2011-05-02

1 recommendation

Just another reason...

Why companies like Commiecast are too big/powerful in their britches.



jmn1207
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reply to hayabusa3303

Re: so

It is definitely over-commercialized and inappropriately used for political propaganda. I'm sick of it. I hate subjectively scored contests, of which these games utilize way too much.

I hope the ratings are historically terrible.


Millenium

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Do all you can, Comcast

Cable can throttle every streaming service out of existence and lock up every content right on the planet -- I'm still not reconnecting the cord.



IllIlIlllIll
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dont worry

it will be presented in its live glory on other live streaming platforms like "Justin.tv"



newview
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It's all about the money, huh Comcast?

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Expand your moderator at work


tshirt
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reply to newview

Re: It's all about the money, huh Comcast?

Money is an important part of it.
In 2011, NBC agreed to a $4.38 billion contract with the International Olympic Committee to broadcast the 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 Olympics, the most expensive television rights deal in Olympic history



Datdude

@comcast.net

This is how it should be

Comcast's Olympic live streaming comes from the NBC Sports live extra app which is associated with not just NBC but the NBC Sports Network and the Golf Channel. The NBC Sports Network only comes with the Digital Starter and above pakcage so why would users in lower packages get access to that material? It would be like someone who doesn't have HBO getting upset because they can't use the HBO Go app. You get what you pay for. These customers can still watch whatever Olympic coverage is on the regular NBC station. If they want to stream coverage from the NBC Sports Network then they can upgrade to a package that has the channel.


EdmundGerber

join:2010-01-04
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reply to hayabusa3303

Re: so

said by hayabusa3303:

Olympic stuff is over-rated... sorry...

OK - but does that make what comcast did OK?


Knowing

@comcastbusiness.net

2 recommendations

VPN

Just get a VPN, Watch BBC or CBC streams...Free and much better quality and quantity then NBC.



jmn1207
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reply to EdmundGerber

Re: so

said by EdmundGerber:

OK - but does that make what comcast did OK?

I think that Comcast's decision fits nicely with what the Olympic games have come to represent today. Nothing but a big, ugly money grab.


NoFreeLunch

@comcast.net
reply to Datdude

Re: This is how it should be

said by Datdude :

Comcast's Olympic live streaming comes from the NBC Sports live extra app which is associated with not just NBC but the NBC Sports Network and the Golf Channel. The NBC Sports Network only comes with the Digital Starter and above pakcage so why would users in lower packages get access to that material? It would be like someone who doesn't have HBO getting upset because they can't use the HBO Go app. You get what you pay for. These customers can still watch whatever Olympic coverage is on the regular NBC station. If they want to stream coverage from the NBC Sports Network then they can upgrade to a package that has the channel.

+1 There is no such thing as a FREE lunch. No matter how much a person thinks there should be.


IowaCowboy
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Switch to DirecTV

I don't give Comcast any more money than I have to.

Bad enough you have to buy cable to get cheaper internet, but if you buy standalone internet then you are flushing money down the toilet for nothing.

Like I've been saying all along, Comcast needs to be forced to divest from the content business and be limited to distribution.

My aunt just moved to Georgia and she said Comcast is the only internet, she bought the economy 1.5 package and DirecTV.
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I have not and will not cut the cord.



anon

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reply to NoFreeLunch

Re: This is how it should be

this why a cable provider should not own a network



Xioden
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reply to tshirt

Re: It's all about the money, huh Comcast?

Click for full size
It's kind of funny when you look at how much NBC payed vs compared to what they're offering, and what CBC up in Canada payed (~$80 million CAD) and what they're offering..

The NBC TV coverage is pretty terrible. If it's not one of the events that gets better ratings, they aren't showing it. Even early AM it's just live coverage of the stuff they're showing during prime time. Let's also not forget that most of the time they aren't even showing the events but rather the stories of the athletes. Yea, some of them went through a lot or recovered from injury. We don't need the life story of every Athlete and we'd rather actually be seeing some of the events!

The On-demand coverage at least on DirectTV is a complete joke. It's 2-3 minute highlight reels and clips of the American athlete's runs.


rit56

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reply to NoFreeLunch

Re: This is how it should be

You and Datdude should disclose what everyone here knows, your ties to industry. This is exactly why we need Net Neutrality, why the TWC deal should be blocked and why the internet needs to be regulated. Let me remind you that they are blocking content to the Unites States Olympic Team coverage. How patriotic of them



newview
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reply to tshirt

Re: It's all about the money, huh Comcast?

Also in 2011 NBC promised more live coverage ... this has NOT come to pass ... not in 2012 and not in 2014.

quote:
NBC wins rights to Olympics through 2020; promises more live coverage
In a break with predecessor Dick Ebersol, new NBC Sports chief Mark Lazarus promises to show all events live rather than saving the best for tape-delayed coverage in prime time.
»content.usatoday.com/communities···-today/1

In fact, quite the opposite. NBC continues it's hated policy of failing to broadcast live coverage in real time as it happens and "saving" favorite sports for it's taped delay prime time adfest, in order to maximize the ad profits.

NBC also shows it's political leaning by editing key anti-discriminatory comments from IOC president Thomas Bach. no doubt so they don't aggravate their advertisers, which they later claimed was for "time constraints.
quote:
NBC Cuts Anti-Discrimination Comments From Olympics Opening Ceremony
As Deadspin reported, NBC cut that part of Bach's statement out of its broadcast—a strange choice given Russia's very publicly homophobic policies.

It was a choice made even odder by the fact that NBC had done a full segment on Russia's anti-gay laws the night before.
»www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/0···929.html
No doubt this editing was done so they didn't aggravate their advertisers, which they later claimed was for "time constraints. Apparently hard-hitting news is DEAD at NBC.

All in favor of the money.

I have no problem with them making money ... but NOT at the expense of REAL sports and REAL news.


JimMcCoy

join:2011-08-20
Jacksonville, NC
reply to IowaCowboy

Re: Switch to DirecTV

said by IowaCowboy:

Bad enough you have to buy cable to get cheaper internet

Why is that bad?


djrobx
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reply to rit56

Re: This is how it should be

They're right though. This is no different than HBO only offering its streams to HBO subscribers. You'd be a fool if you thought that NBC, now owned by a pay TV provider, would cater to cord cutters. The title of this article is slightly misleading, it makes it sound like Internet Plus customers are being singled out. They are not. Basic broadcast-only customers on other providers will have the same problem.

Sports, in general, are pay TV's golden geese. People can wait to see shows on Netflix/Hulu, but they pay obscene amounts of money for live sports. Check out the pricing for NFL Sunday Ticket, NBA League Pass, NHL Center Ice, etc. I'm not sure why you think the "United States Olympic Team coverage" would be any different.



newview
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reply to jmn1207

Re: so

said by jmn1207:

I hope the ratings are historically terrible.

quote:
#NBCFail: Opening Ceremony Ratings Low, Network Busted on Major Edits
Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to show off as much as he could during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. However, the ratings took a hit in the United States and were down from the 2010 ceremony in Vancouver.

The ceremony managed a 18.5/30 in metered-markets, which is 8% below the 20/30 ratings in Vancouver. The ratings were highest in northern cities: Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, Salt Lake City, and Denver. Fort Myers, FL was the only non-northern city in the top 10.
»www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Spor···or-Edits


Sterling
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Reason

They are blocked from it because by default they are not subscribed to the needed program channel, which if i recall is NBC sports, a NBC alleviated channel which is in the economy does not count as most of them are airing there normal programming. So only way they'll get it is if nbc allow customer whom are not subbed to nbc sports to stream it. i would imagine otherwise most other providers are licensing for its use in cases were they don't have nbc sports in the lineup



NoFreeLunch

@comcast.net
reply to rit56

Re: This is how it should be

said by rit56:

You and Datdude should disclose what everyone here knows, your ties to industry.

Can't speak for Datdude, but I have NO TIES to cable, telecomm, or content industries. I worked for a railroad before I retired.


DaveDude
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reply to en103

Re: Just another reason...

i am done with them.. and the customer is not important to us policy.



DaveDude
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reply to Datdude

Re: This is how it should be

I bought a leaf antenna , im just about to cut the cord forever.



DaveDude
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reply to JimMcCoy

Re: Switch to DirecTV

said by JimMcCoy:

said by IowaCowboy:

Bad enough you have to buy cable to get cheaper internet

Why is that bad?

because they are forcing you to buy something maybe ?

bn1221

join:2009-04-29
Cortland, NY
reply to newview

Re: so

Plus the streams are time delayed (I saw a "live" event 1:30PM that actually occurred at 11:30AM). Can't run NBC app on Roku = can't airplay mirror and can't use the HMDI adapted on the ipad to stream to tv. What a crock



IowaCowboy
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reply to DaveDude

Re: Switch to DirecTV

Because they charge you more for internet without TV so you buy basic cable so you get something instead of throwing money away for nothing. Basic cable is $5.03 in our area. You can get the blast plus which is $15 more than standalone blast internet that includes digital economy.

The thing of the matter is I like DirecTV's video offering better. But Comcast blast plus gives me my Weather Channel fix until DirecTV and Weather Channel resolve their carriage dispute.



cork1958
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reply to DaveDude

My gosh!!

IowaCowboy and DaveDude can see past the end of their nose! Right on!!

If you only knew how many times I've heard people use that stupid logic that you're saving money by bundling services that you don't need, or don't need as expensive a package as you went for. Hard to believe there are really that many blind people.
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