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2012-07-11 06:22:36 AM
No [Hero] tag, subby?
 
2012-07-11 06:29:51 AM
As one of those 20 million I'm.... I'm ok with that.
 
2012-07-11 06:45:31 AM
Yeah, well we're also Daily Show/Colbert Report free, which sucks.
 
2012-07-11 07:38:26 AM
Is something else going on here that isn't apparent? Hearst just pulled a bunch of local affiliates from Time Warner because they couldn't get a 300% increase. I know I've seen similar situations in the last year. Is there a reason all these guys think they should get 30-300% increases for some reason this year?
 
2012-07-11 08:21:17 AM
I'm wondering if I can use this as a convenient excuse to break my contract.
 
2012-07-11 08:33:33 AM

Earguy: Yeah, well we're also Daily Show/Colbert Report free, which sucks.


Try the internet. You'll only be a day behind but they still remain funny.
 
2012-07-11 08:33:49 AM
scienceblogs.com


/hot
 
2012-07-11 08:35:05 AM

Bradog: I'm wondering if I can use this as a convenient excuse to break my contract.


The only right you have is to pay the bill. The business can change the terms and conditions of your contract whenever they want.
 
2012-07-11 08:37:46 AM

6655321: Bradog: I'm wondering if I can use this as a convenient excuse to break my contract.

The only right you have is to pay the bill. The business can change the terms and conditions of your contract whenever they want.


That's what they want you to think, but it's not legal. That's the whole point of a contract: to set up the terms that both parties agree upon. Even if you write "I can change whatever I want whenever I want" into the contract, it's not valid.
 
2012-07-11 08:38:42 AM
So how much lower is my bill? My bill better go down.
 
2012-07-11 08:40:16 AM
This normally wouldn't effect me, but I'm in a hotel this week and I'm quite put out that I won't be able to drown out Mr Apnea next door with the sweet sounds of Stewart and Colbert as I try to drift off to sleep.

Looks like I'm spending the rest of my nights here in the bar.
 
2012-07-11 08:40:35 AM
The kids were watching, well, *attempting* to watch Spongebob on Nick while I was making dinner last night. Attempting, because the screen was filled with two crawlers--one from Viacom and one from DTV. The Viacom one said basically "we're only asking for a few cents more per customer," while the DTV one proclaimed, "Viacom wants $1 billion more!". It was quite funny to watch the 'battle of the crawlers' take place over Spongebob's face.
 
2012-07-11 08:41:06 AM

BurnShrike: 6655321: Bradog: I'm wondering if I can use this as a convenient excuse to break my contract.

The only right you have is to pay the bill. The business can change the terms and conditions of your contract whenever they want.

That's what they want you to think, but it's not legal. That's the whole point of a contract: to set up the terms that both parties agree upon. Even if you write "I can change whatever I want whenever I want" into the contract, it's not valid.


I guess but they probably have some "Customer understand occasional service interruptions or programming changes may occur" clause. Even if its not legal, they will go after you for the termination fee etc and stick it with a collection agency that will call you for the next 7 years. You either get a huge headache or get to pay a termination fee. They have systems in place to deal with 100,000+ people exactly like you at the same time. Maybe you can win, but its not worth your time.
 
2012-07-11 08:41:49 AM
No new Futurama for me tonight.

/Fark Viacom
//Fark DirecTV
 
2012-07-11 08:44:46 AM

Mr. Potatoass: No new Futurama for me tonight.

/Fark Viacom
//Fark DirecTV


Pssst. There are "Options" I can help you with.
 
2012-07-11 08:47:49 AM

darkscout: Mr. Potatoass: No new Futurama for me tonight.

/Fark Viacom
//Fark DirecTV

Pssst. There are "Options" I can help you with.


If they don't involve Comcast, or Dish Network, I'm all ears.
 
2012-07-11 08:47:51 AM

Earguy: Yeah, well we're also Daily Show/Colbert Report free, which sucks.


How? Only thing I'll miss is 1000 Ways to Die.
 
2012-07-11 08:48:24 AM
Doesn't DirecTV make a brazillian dollars on their NFL Sunday Ticket package, that they have exclusive rights to? You think with all that money they could afford to pay viacom more per subscriber. It's also still owned by Rupert Murdoch, isn't it?
 
2012-07-11 08:48:47 AM
They can both lick my taint.

Keep MTV, keep BET (lawl), even keep Nick (my kids will find something else)...but give me back Comedy Central or I'm farking switching to cable.
 
2012-07-11 08:49:24 AM

6655321: Bradog: I'm wondering if I can use this as a convenient excuse to break my contract.

The only right you have is to pay the bill. The business can change the terms and conditions of your contract whenever they want.


Yes. That's why they call it a "contract." It protects businesses from their customers' dirty, underhanded tricks.

/Bizarro World, we live there.
 
2012-07-11 08:49:39 AM

badhatharry: So how much lower is my bill? My bill better go down.


They'll probably find replacement channels. You know they are out there.

/Anime Channel would be a good replacement.
 
2012-07-11 08:50:16 AM
futurama is on wgn america early in the morning.i don't have cable tv or sat but i know someone who has only cable internet and he threw a splice into it and gets the basic channel lineup.
 
2012-07-11 08:53:33 AM
When I had directv it seemed like I was getting one of these "we're going to lose a network if we don't act now!" warnings every month or so.

Finally cancelled cable altogether and couldnt be happier.
 
2012-07-11 08:54:23 AM
cache.jezebel.com

come on, vamanos, everybody let's go
 
2012-07-11 08:54:58 AM
did DISH end up getting rid of IFC?
 
2012-07-11 08:55:03 AM
If you're already slumming it with DirectTV, you may as well go all the way and switch to internet-based television. It's cheaper, and you can get all the same shows, just usually a day later.

If there are any networks that won't even let you pay to see their shows (*cough* HBO *cough*), you can always take darkscout up on his invitation and get in his van, where you'll find a virtual torrent of options waiting for you.
 
2012-07-11 08:55:59 AM
Stewart and Colbert have run out of marijuana jokes, Republican bashing slap stick pieces, and soft liberal interviews, so there's not much to miss there. MTV? Does anyone seriously watch that shiat anymore? I couldn't tell you if they are playing music videos, reality television, or advertising for Bowflex. Nick-a-what-again? Sponge Bob is so poorly animated that I couldn't tell if my son was watching them jump a shark or a floating load of whale come. Nick hasn't come up with a hit show in ten years, so obviously whoever is in charge isn't interested in throwing any more money down that whole, especially with the health food craze eroding manufacturers' abilities to pump our children full of tripled processed, super refined sugar-caine. If they die, they die.

The people who are going to complain about this are likely television zombies who are more upset that their routine has been disrupted rather than the actual loss of programming. Once their oatmeal minds settle onto something just as inane, they'll forget these shows even entertained them when they were remotely new, like ten years ago. fark DirectTV. fark Viacom. Go read a book or just sit there and think. Maybe after a few years of that, you won't bore yourself to tears when left without a humming distraction.
 
2012-07-11 08:56:04 AM

Gabrin_Kinoda: The kids were watching, well, *attempting* to watch Spongebob on Nick while I was making dinner last night. Attempting, because the screen was filled with two crawlers--one from Viacom and one from DTV. The Viacom one said basically "we're only asking for a few cents more per customer," while the DTV one proclaimed, "Viacom wants $1 billion more!". It was quite funny to watch the 'battle of the crawlers' take place over Spongebob's face.


The best part was when "pro viacOm" commercials would start and get abruptly interrupted
 
2012-07-11 08:56:14 AM
I have a bit more than the basic system with DirecTV. DVR, HDTV in two rooms,basic in a third room. As one HDTV and one basic drop are in my kids' rooms, and were added under the package that included all the Nick channels, I guess I'm going to have to have them disconnected. I haven't been keeping track. Has DirecTV been upping their rates, and Viacom decided they want a piece of the increase? Or is Viacom initiating this increase on their own? I rarely watch TV, and only keep it for the wife and kids. Who knows more about this? I've looked at the web page http://www.DirecTVpromise.com/... Looks like typical commercial propaganda to me.
 
2012-07-11 08:57:32 AM

reverendsaintjay: This normally wouldn't effect me, but I'm in a hotel this week and I'm quite put out that I won't be able to drown out Mr Apnea next door with the sweet sounds of Stewart and Colbert as I try to drift off to sleep.

Looks like I'm spending the rest of my nights here in the bar.


Colbert and Stewart are in the second week of a two week vacation anyway. Last week was repeats, this week they weren't even doing that. I have a feeling by time they return this mess will be sorted out. Doesn't help you this week but at least it may help to know they aren't even on to watch if the hotel had CC going.
 
2012-07-11 08:57:35 AM

NickelP: BurnShrike: 6655321: Bradog: I'm wondering if I can use this as a convenient excuse to break my contract.

The only right you have is to pay the bill. The business can change the terms and conditions of your contract whenever they want.

That's what they want you to think, but it's not legal. That's the whole point of a contract: to set up the terms that both parties agree upon. Even if you write "I can change whatever I want whenever I want" into the contract, it's not valid.

I guess but they probably have some "Customer understand occasional service interruptions or programming changes may occur" clause. Even if its not legal, they will go after you for the termination fee etc and stick it with a collection agency that will call you for the next 7 years. You either get a huge headache or get to pay a termination fee. They have systems in place to deal with 100,000+ people exactly like you at the same time. Maybe you can win, but its not worth your time.


Most contracts have a "paying your bill means agreement of the modified terms" clause.
 
2012-07-11 08:59:10 AM

NickelP: Is something else going on here that isn't apparent? Hearst just pulled a bunch of local affiliates from Time Warner because they couldn't get a 300% increase. I know I've seen similar situations in the last year. Is there a reason all these guys think they should get 30-300% increases for some reason this year?


Ned Stark: Inflation is coming.
 
2012-07-11 08:59:16 AM
I know when Time Warner bought out my ISP, Fox tried tripling their fee for their channels, the local affiliate went off the air for quite a while, caused a shortage of digital converter boxes right when I was trying to get into the OTA thing. So now I have a Leaf sitting downstairs by my TV and I can't find a converter for less than 40 bucks.
 
2012-07-11 08:59:36 AM
I'm sure it's a little of Viacom being greedy and a little of DirecTV being stingy. But, do you know what? I couldn't care less.

/Bravo still on?
//yes
///damn it
 
2012-07-11 08:59:48 AM
If I cannot watch Futurama when I get home tonight I will just cancel my service and go back to downloading everything I want to watch. No big deal.
 
2012-07-11 09:00:42 AM
I live in an apartment complex where it is either DirecTV or nothing. No cable, no Dish Network, no choice! I stuck with DirecTV when they dropped G4, but now that there is no new Futurama or South Park, then I'm done!
 
2012-07-11 09:00:54 AM
Makes no difference to me.

/11 year DTV Subscriber
//Want a rebate because I don't have to pay for these channels now
 
2012-07-11 09:02:36 AM

bentheguard: I live in an apartment complex where it is either DirecTV or nothing. No cable, no Dish Network, no choice! I stuck with DirecTV when they dropped G4, but now that there is no new Futurama or South Park, then I'm done!


G4 sucks the rotting fluid out of a dead donkey's ass.

/still bitter over TechTV
 
2012-07-11 09:02:54 AM

joness0154: When I had directv it seemed like I was getting one of these "we're going to lose a network if we don't act now!" warnings every month or so.

Finally cancelled cable altogether and couldnt be happier.


I really hate that. I'm not calling anyone. I made a deal with DirecTV for these channels. If you can't provide them than that deal is over. It's time for us to renegotiate.
 
2012-07-11 09:03:01 AM
Direct TV is getting farking greedy. They are going to overcharge themselves right out of business. I just cancelled my membership with them.

/If corporations are people, I want this person to DIAF
 
2012-07-11 09:03:09 AM

ihatedumbpeople: Gabrin_Kinoda: The kids were watching, well, *attempting* to watch Spongebob on Nick while I was making dinner last night. Attempting, because the screen was filled with two crawlers--one from Viacom and one from DTV. The Viacom one said basically "we're only asking for a few cents more per customer," while the DTV one proclaimed, "Viacom wants $1 billion more!". It was quite funny to watch the 'battle of the crawlers' take place over Spongebob's face.

The best part was when "pro viacOm" commercials would start and get abruptly interrupted


Hmm, guess I missed those.

Hubby and I have been looking for a reason to drop DTV for a while now, and this may be the proverbial straw. Kids can watch Mr. Squarepants and iCarly on Netflix. I'm tired of paying $82 a month for the 10 channels that we actually watch.
 
2012-07-11 09:03:42 AM
Folks who can't imagine life without cable should buy a cheap antenna, hook it up and see how much stuff is broadcast over the air for free. I live in a fairly rural area and get 12 digital channels, most of them in HD.

I never realized how much time (and money) I was wasting before I cancelled cable.
 
2012-07-11 09:04:56 AM
Fark Viacom
Fark DirecTV
Fark paying for any TV.


Go outside. Read a book. Spend time with friends and famliy. Ride a bike. Have sex.

So many options when you turn off the boob tube.
 
2012-07-11 09:05:00 AM

bentheguard: I live in an apartment complex where it is either DirecTV or nothing. No cable, no Dish Network, no choice! I stuck with DirecTV when they dropped G4, but now that there is no new Futurama or South Park, then I'm done!


By law, they can't restrict you from getting any sat provider you want. If they allow dtv they can't restrict dish differently.
 
2012-07-11 09:06:42 AM

NutWrench: Folks who can't imagine life without cable should buy a cheap antenna, hook it up and see how much stuff is broadcast over the air for free. I live in a fairly rural area and get 12 digital channels, most of them in HD.

I never realized how much time (and money) I was wasting before I cancelled cable.


I'll second this. Spend one month of your cable/sat bill on buying a roku box and get netflix/hulu plus for like $16 a month combined and you really won't miss it.
 
2012-07-11 09:08:58 AM

j0e_average: Fark Viacom
Fark DirecTV
Fark paying for any TV.


Go outside. Read a book. Spend time with friends and famliy. Ride a bike. Have sex.

So many options when you turn off the boob tube.


Would being at the gym in 26 minutes also be a viable option?
 
2012-07-11 09:09:33 AM

NutWrench: Folks who can't imagine life without cable should buy a cheap antenna, hook it up and see how much stuff is broadcast over the air for free. I live in a fairly rural area and get 12 digital channels, most of them in HD.


I used to get a lot of free over the air stuff till I moved to back to my hometown. Now I get 1 channel. But at least I have netflix, hulu, and amazon instant video
Fark Cable,Fark Satellite
 
2012-07-11 09:09:48 AM

rudemix: Colbert and Stewart are in the second week of a two week vacation anyway.


Jesus Christ, again?! They take more vacations than GW Bush and Obama combined!

/occasional viewer, not a regular viewer
 
2012-07-11 09:09:56 AM
Dish sucks ass.
 
2012-07-11 09:11:26 AM
Hulu
 
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