[mythtv-users] Comcast just made things worse

mythtv at derdev.com mythtv at derdev.com
Thu May 6 15:39:19 UTC 2010

On Thu, 6 May 2010 08:44:16 -0600, Travis Tabbal <travis at tabbal.net>
> On Wed, May 5, 2010 at 10:51 PM, Calvin Dodge <caldodge at gmail.com>
>> Unfortunately, I can't wait a few days to find out. So I'll still have
>> try out an antenna with our HDHomeRun and Hauppauge 1600.
> You might also want to check out the online sites that help you know
> type of antenna you need and which way to point it.
> http://www.antennaweb.org and http://www.tvfool.com/ are often
> I went OTA last year and haven't regretted it. I have it somewhat easy
> OTA compared to many though, ~15miles from the transmitters, clear LOS.
> With
> a DB4 on the roof, the higher power stations max out the signal strength
> and
> quality test in my HDHomeRun.
> DTV keeps trying to get me to sign up again, but without a decent option
> for
> Myth, I'm not interested. The HD-PVR is ok, but it can't tune directly
> I
> don't want to have to mess with IR or Firewire right now. Not to mention
> that an HD-PVR costs more for a single tuner than an HDHR does, and the
> is far more flexible with its network connection vs USB.

The Comcast guy just literally left my home after trying to figure out why
about a dozen channels in my Digital Starter package wouldn't tune with
their larger, "free" cable box (not the DTA).  After 2 hours of effort and
talking to the escalations, they determine that the several affected
channels have been promoted to the next package up - Digital Classic.

So NOW, Comcast is forcing channels up to more expensive packages after
they make you a captive customer of the digital services.

In a related event, when I requested a phone agent to send me one HD
receiver for self-install - she said that my current "Free" digital cable
box (not the DTAs) already counts for my one free converter.  Therefore,
not only would I need to pay the HD service monthly fee (I expected that)
to also having to pay for the HD box rental because it's my second box and
I'm only entitled to one free box.  My option was to return the current
"Free" cable box to take on the HD box as my freebie.  I told her no thanks
after all.

I am now talking to the wife about getting that "ugly" dish on the roof
after all.  Comcast can bite me.  

OT: I am also considering whether I want to short Comcast stock, but
that's a dangerous game (are there enough people who won't put up with

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