[mythtv-users] ClearQAM Gone Martinez CA 94553

Greg greg12866 at nycap.rr.com
Sun May 16 14:27:45 UTC 2010

On 05/16/2010 04:59 AM, Simon Hobson wrote:
> Matt W wrote:
>> I knew this day was coming, and it's a bit of a drag.  But I am glad
>> it will light a fire under me to finally get my OTA setup going.  I'll
>> miss my pet 'premium basic cable' shows like Forensic Files and things
>> on Comedy Central.
> Sort of following on from the earlier "I've ditched Comcast" thread 
> where it was pointed out that if every Myth user dumped them then 
> they'd not notice ...
> I suspect that it might have a slightly more noticeable effect if 
> people dumping Comcast (or any other similar outfit) were to write to 
> the marketing people of the channels they used to watch, and perhaps 
> even the people buying their commercial time. Stress that it's the 
> obsoleting of perfectly good (and in many cases new and expensive) 
> equipment with built in cable tuners in favour of ugly and 
> inconvenient (expensively) rented tuners that you object to - and to 
> avoid getting dismissed as a geek, play the WAF, as in "and my Wife 
> didn't like all the extra remotes".
> Comcast may not care if another viewer doesn't renew. But the 
> advertising sales people of the various channels will care - because 
> they can only charge for adverts on channels that people are watching, 
> and people will only pay to place adverts that they think will be 
> watched.
> Given the really low feedback rate they will be used to, I would think 
> that just a few dozen letters along the lines of "Comcast have screwed 
> me, and I've ditched them - so I no longer get channel <something> and 
> no longer see any of your commercials, and I know a lot of others 
> who've done the same" may get someone's attention. It's a long shot, 
> but if channel execs start asking Comcast execs why they are losing 
> customers over this*, then it might just raise itself above the noise 
> floor.
> * Think casual conversation over lunch or down the golf course. "Hey 
> Bob, you know we've been getting letters from ex customers of yours 
> complaining that you've screwed them over and they've dumped you - 
> they're p***ed at not getting our channels, but aren't prepared to 
> take your s**t. What's going on ?"
> Just a thought.
Your suggestions do work..Here in Time Warner land they were going to 
throttle the band width on Road Runner.. Road Runner was advertised as a 
24/7 online service with unlimited bandwidth,with the understanding in 
peak time of the day it would slow down.. I don't download a whole 
lot,but when I heard this I was ticked off... They though the majority 
of people wouldn't notice..They were wrong..I wrote them and said in no 
uncertain terms I was going to switch my service... If I was going to 
get DSL speeds, I may as well have DSL service and Dish was looking good 
for TV...Thousands more like me did the same..They changed their mind..

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