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2013-12-09 01:44:13 PM
So my cellphone gives me AP news alerts, they haven't presented me with any compelling reasons to keep cable.
 
2013-12-09 02:08:16 PM
So uh yeah, yous should gets cable tv if you don't want to have an accident. It would be a shame if something tragic happened to you, know what I'm sayin'?
 
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2013-12-09 02:14:42 PM

MayoSlather: So uh yeah, yous should gets cable tv if you don't want to have an accident. It would be a shame if something tragic happened to you, know what I'm sayin'?


Yeah, that's a nice TV you got there.  You like watching it, huh?  It would be a shame if someone... turned off your power.
 
2013-12-09 02:32:01 PM
That's no ordinary rabbit......

/I soiled my armor!!
 
2013-12-09 02:33:55 PM
FTA "Watch with your heart"?
 
2013-12-09 02:34:32 PM
What's an anti-cord, and why would you cut it?
 
2013-12-09 02:35:28 PM
Bring out.. The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch!
 
2013-12-09 02:36:21 PM
This would make cycling a lot easier when there is a headwind:

img.fark.net
 
2013-12-09 02:36:30 PM
I would've heard about the "mutant bunny" problem through the @PublicAlerts twitter feed, or possibly BBC Breaking News, or even a Fark NewsFlash.  Hell, just general chatter on twitter gets me news hours/days/weeks faster than tv news.  Especially if cable news simply doesn't cover the story.  They're too busy covering celebrity crap.
 
2013-12-09 02:42:36 PM
Well, for the rabbit you will need the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, not cable TV

i.stack.imgur.com
 
2013-12-09 02:45:00 PM
The yearly rate hikes should be coming soon.
 
2013-12-09 02:45:17 PM
Surprisingly, my cable company has pretty much left me alone since cutting the cord almost 15 months ago. Antenna, Netflix, Amazon Prime and NHL Gamecenter cover all our TV watching needs.

Antenna for local news and the one network show (Big Bang Theory) we watch is free, and we leech off an American cousin's Amazon Prime account through a $4/month VPN. Netflix is $8, Gamecenter was 1.5 months of cable.

And my employer covers the cost of my Internet connection.

Never going back.
 
2013-12-09 02:46:10 PM
I would have loved to have been in the meeting where they thought that this would be effective. I wonder how many psychedelic drugs were passed around the 'ol conference table, because the whole thing feels like a really bad acid trip.
 
2013-12-09 02:47:21 PM
Cable TV is on my to do list along with getting a phone land line, buying a newspaper, and returning my movies to Blockbuster.
 
2013-12-09 02:48:46 PM
Sadly this is not all cables fault. The networks are demanding more money for the same or shiattier television.

Waiting for:

Duck Storage Wars
Moonshiners (about a nudist colony)
Naked Ghost hunters
Cake Repo Boss
How its Made, adult toy edition.
 
2013-12-09 02:49:46 PM
Because when I think of how to stay well-informed about local events, I think of cable.

Maybe these ads would work as ads for the local newscast, maybe.

I think these ads are completely symptomatic of people so out of touch and out of date that they really believe that people without cable are not getting information. As if they sit in their house for hours on end staring at the wall instead of watching the bastion of knowledge that is cable TV.
 
2013-12-09 02:50:15 PM

Nexzus: Surprisingly, my cable company has pretty much left me alone since cutting the cord almost 15 months ago. Antenna, Netflix, Amazon Prime and NHL Gamecenter cover all our TV watching needs.

Antenna for local news and the one network show (Big Bang Theory) we watch is free, and we leech off an American cousin's Amazon Prime account through a $4/month VPN. Netflix is $8, Gamecenter was 1.5 months of cable.

And my employer covers the cost of my Internet connection.

Never going back.



I get weekly junk mail from comcrap asking me to sign up for TV service.  I fully expect them to at some point only offer high speed internet to TV subscribers.
 
2013-12-09 02:50:22 PM
Lets see  Cable with all the channels for me is about 200/month (Comcast in triple play  Philly area)
Verizon just came with an ad for 99/month with about the same channels/ internet and phone. for two years.

considering that Comcast has throttled back my bandwidth  several times this year  my speed is about the same as DSL now

only thing is I hate changing my phone number again.
 
2013-12-09 02:51:50 PM

Pauul: Cable TV is on my to do list along with getting a phone land line, buying a newspaper, and returning my movies to Blockbuster.


REWIND! Or you'll get fined!
 
2013-12-09 02:53:28 PM
I would cut the cord if there was a way to do it that would give me high WAF. It would have to be as easy as Tivo. Heck, I want that for myself too. I work with computers all day long. There's a lot to be said for having a Tivo full of programming ready to watch any time I feel like it.
 
2013-12-09 02:53:29 PM
I just fill the hole with family time and cycling.

I don't think we have had cable in 10+ years.
 
2013-12-09 02:59:55 PM
Look Time-Warner, obviously nobody in your home office has the reasoning power to deduce this, so I'm going to clue you in, ahead of my customary consultation fee-

When your business model is so obscenely profitable that another company can invest tens of millions of dollars to launch and park a Volkswagen microbus full of computers, receivers and transmitters in geosynchronous orbit, as well as the Terran transmission stations, and millions of receiver dishes and set-top boxes, (thereby bypassing the monopolistic regulations you've bribed the various corrupt governmental agencies, bureaucrats and politicians to enact,)  and still make a farkton of money undercutting your prices, you've probably been far too greedy in your price-fixing scheme.

Now, that'll be $37,930,455.86, please.
 
2013-12-09 03:05:14 PM
Does anybody (other than the author of the article) actually go to company websites when prompted by tv ads to "see what happens" in some lame video? Viewership of those sites must be minuscule.
 
2013-12-09 03:05:32 PM
Dear cable companies:
Video on demand.
Get with it or GTHO
 
2013-12-09 03:07:10 PM
I quit watching television 13 years ago.  65" big screen hooked up to nothing but a DVD/Blewray player.  Don't miss it a bit.

I have Fark.
 
2013-12-09 03:10:49 PM
Given the "mighty big hole" tagline, I was expecting far worse.
 
2013-12-09 03:10:57 PM
I haven't had cable for the most part since 2008, with the exception of a brief stretch last year due to an unusual deal (but as soon as that deal expired, up the rates went, and out the door I went). During that year, I got treated to Sharknado on "Syfy", so you can imagine the quality of their product.

I'm pretty much done with cable TV. I like Netflix, Hulu, and the other online options like Youtube. I like watching things on my schedule, not the schedule dictated by clueless network executives. I also enjoy not paying $100+ per month for 200 channels like TLC and the misery that Syfy and the History Channel (Nazi TV) have become. If they would only offer a decent sports package, then I wouldn't have to pirate all the games via the porn-spam-stream that is atdhe.
 
2013-12-09 03:14:07 PM
TV is doomed. And i guarantee you'll see increasingly desperate attempts to shut down or buy any online news source  that isn't already owned by the big 4 corporations who own all newspapers and TV stations.
 
2013-12-09 03:16:57 PM
This ad campaign obviously isn't going to work on the average farker or anyone beyond novice-level tech skill.

So...they made this campaign to target someone, but not us.

Who would fall for this crap? Who are they targeting? Children? Naive immigrants?

Or are the cable companies just putting on a show to convince the shareholders they are trying?
 
2013-12-09 03:18:25 PM
Cable/Dish TV is like being slapped with a giant, pustule-covered wang; first you get farked with the subscription cost, then you have ads blow up in your face for half of your time. The cable execs really dug themselves into a hole over the last few decades. Remember when cable was a premium service that added additional content, free of commercials because you already paid the farking premium?

I found it cheaper to buy a boxset or two every month than to have cable. Netflix and other streamers are OK, but they usually have shiat selection and there's always a chance that you could be halfway through a show or movie when the license expires and it's pulled (I'm looking at you, Netflix and Stargate).
 
2013-12-09 03:19:53 PM

J. Frank Parnell: TV is doomed. And i guarantee you'll see increasingly desperate attempts to shut down or buy any online news source  that isn't already owned by the big 4 corporations who own all newspapers and TV stations.


I was just reading through the EW beat of the year issue, and 3 of the top ten shows of the year were Netflix originals. That right there tells you the end is nigh.
 
2013-12-09 03:22:30 PM

Resident Muslim: Dear cable companies:
Video on demand.
Get with it or GTHO


With the cost of VOD, a single season of your favorite show would wind up costing probably half as much as your entire cable bill.
 
2013-12-09 03:25:31 PM

FuzedBox: Cable/Dish TV is like being slapped with a giant, pustule-covered wang; first you get farked with the subscription cost, then you have ads blow up in your face for half of your time. The cable execs really dug themselves into a hole over the last few decades. Remember when cable was a premium service that added additional content, free of commercials because you already paid the farking premium?

I found it cheaper to buy a boxset or two every month than to have cable. Netflix and other streamers are OK, but they usually have shiat selection and there's always a chance that you could be halfway through a show or movie when the license expires and it's pulled (I'm looking at you, Netflix and Stargate).


SG-1 and Atlantis are still available for free with Amazon Prime.
 
2013-12-09 03:25:47 PM

cashman: I haven't had cable for the most part since 2008, with the exception of a brief stretch last year due to an unusual deal (but as soon as that deal expired, up the rates went, and out the door I went). During that year, I got treated to Sharknado on "Syfy", so you can imagine the quality of their product.

I'm pretty much done with cable TV. I like Netflix, Hulu, and the other online options like Youtube. I like watching things on my schedule, not the schedule dictated by clueless network executives. I also enjoy not paying $100+ per month for 200 channels like TLC and the misery that Syfy and the History Channel (Nazi TV) have become. If they would only offer a decent sports package, then I wouldn't have to pirate all the games via the porn-spam-stream that is atdhe.


Now in Syfy's defense sharknado was intentionally bad.

And I have no clue how you found nazis on history. It's all reality TV.

I don't have cable, and only watch tv when I visit the parents (mostly I play games in off time so it's not remotely better just different).

Never had cable, and I'm 30. Sure the parents had and have it, but once I move out to college, it was all internet and antennas. Never really missed it. I can catch most stuff on netflix at will, no ads, and start/stop watching as my interest waxes and wanes.
 
2013-12-09 03:27:42 PM
I clicked on TFA expecting to read about the recent re-introduction of the Comcast bandwidth caps.

The cord-cutters such as myself are growing in number, and the bandwidth limits are a good way to kneecap online video providers like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Vudu.

*adjusts foil hat*
 
2013-12-09 03:29:46 PM
I cut the cord 10 years ago. I'm very happy with the status quo, and I don't want it to change. The rest of you cable-customers subsidize the cost of creating expensive, excellent TV series, and I get to watch them streaming on the internet for almost nothing.

I hope you all don't cut the cord like I did, because then I'll have to actually start paying more to watch content.
 
2013-12-09 03:32:41 PM

mrwhippy: Lets see  Cable with all the channels for me is about 200/month (Comcast in triple play  Philly area)
Verizon just came with an ad for 99/month with about the same channels/ internet and phone. for two years.

considering that Comcast has throttled back my bandwidth  several times this year  my speed is about the same as DSL now

only thing is I hate changing my phone number again.


Verizon/ATT and the cable companies make a boatload on the phone service.  Get yourself a Cisco PAP2T-NA for $30-50, and sign up for SIP service.  If you can configure a router you can set it up.  I use Voip.ms but there are dozens if not hundreds of providers.  Generally domestic US rates are about $0.01 a minute.  You can talk a LOT on the phone for a penny a minute. There are unlimited plans too but they generally aren't worth it unless you spend an hour on the phone every single day.
 
2013-12-09 03:32:44 PM
Pay TV isn't going anywhere as long as sports are profitable. Look at the money in TV sports rights. Even niche sports like the NHL and English soccer are getting record breaking deals.
 
2013-12-09 03:33:29 PM
I work for a cable company, so I'm getting a kick...  You know...

What really sucks is that I live in an area that is not servicable by the company I work for.  So I still have to pay $165 for my cable.  And this really does beg one enormous question that I've never gotten an adequate answer to.  Why are cable companies so restricted in where they are allowed to run their lines?  Like, there's only enough room for one line in any area?!
This effectively creates a monopoly.  Or at the very least, a complete lack of competition.

Where I live I have a choice of FiOS, or satellite, if I don't want cable.  And they both suck just as bad as my cable company.  If only I had the choice, I would gladly switch over to the company I work for, even if it weren't for the perk of the cost reduction.
 
2013-12-09 03:40:55 PM
I 'ditched' cable....and by that I'm just paying almost the same price for broadband only.  Not sure what the cable company has to fear.  No competition in my area (like most) and the people who are cancelling TV packages are keeping broadband.

Maybe if you have an amazing cell plan, with unlimited data, you could go cell only - but from what I understand cell phone companies will do just about anything to hit you with you giant fees.
 
2013-12-09 03:41:46 PM

durbnpoisn: I work for a cable company, so I'm getting a kick...  You know...

What really sucks is that I live in an area that is not servicable by the company I work for.  So I still have to pay $165 for my cable.  And this really does beg one enormous question that I've never gotten an adequate answer to.  Why are cable companies so restricted in where they are allowed to run their lines?  Like, there's only enough room for one line in any area?!
This effectively creates a monopoly.  Or at the very least, a complete lack of competition.

Where I live I have a choice of FiOS, or satellite, if I don't want cable.  And they both suck just as bad as my cable company.  If only I had the choice, I would gladly switch over to the company I work for, even if it weren't for the perk of the cost reduction.


Local franchise fees. The local municipal government allows a cable service to enter the community in exchange for a kickback to the municipal government to ensure "quality programming" or some such.
 
2013-12-09 03:42:04 PM

Jument: I would cut the cord if there was a way to do it that would give me high WAF. It would have to be as easy as Tivo. Heck, I want that for myself too. I work with computers all day long. There's a lot to be said for having a Tivo full of programming ready to watch any time I feel like it.


It is definitely doable. In our setup, the PS3 is the center of everything: Netflix and Amazon Prime and NHL GameCenter are fairly intuitive. For local live TV, I have a device, called an HomeRun HD, that converts OTA to IP. This gets processed by a program called PS3 Media Server and presented as just another DLNA video stream played by the PS3, no quality loss. Each channel is a different source.

Auto downloading of torrents takes care of the premium stuff.

Once you see full "uncompressed" 20mbps OTA HD, it's hard to go back to cable and its 3mbps streams.
 
2013-12-09 03:45:01 PM

durbnpoisn: I work for a cable company, so I'm getting a kick...  You know...

What really sucks is that I live in an area that is not servicable by the company I work for.  So I still have to pay $165 for my cable.  And this really does beg one enormous question that I've never gotten an adequate answer to.  Why are cable companies so restricted in where they are allowed to run their lines?  Like, there's only enough room for one line in any area?!
This effectively creates a monopoly.  Or at the very least, a complete lack of competition.

Where I live I have a choice of FiOS, or satellite, if I don't want cable.  And they both suck just as bad as my cable company.  If only I had the choice, I would gladly switch over to the company I work for, even if it weren't for the perk of the cost reduction.


Cable has always been a monopoly. Until the advent of Dish and DirecTV  in the later half of the 90's, your local independent cable operator was the only option you had. If you were lucky enough to be in an area serviced by one of the big players, Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, you were all set, you'd have like 70 channels and get all the new ones as soon as they launched.

If you were unlucky enough to be in an area serviced by Mom and Pops regional independent cable center, you were out of luck, you got like 40 channels, with maybe 2 or 3 news ones added each year, and by new they would be channels that launched years ago that you didn't already get. I don't think the local cable company here added Cartoon Network or Comedy Central until maybe 2003?
 
2013-12-09 03:50:29 PM
Want me back as a subscriber?  Offer ala carte subscription models with reasonable rates.  I'm not paying $120/mo for 500 channels of stupid when I only want a couple.
 
2013-12-09 03:50:30 PM

dj245: mrwhippy: Lets see  Cable with all the channels for me is about 200/month (Comcast in triple play  Philly area)
Verizon just came with an ad for 99/month with about the same channels/ internet and phone. for two years.

considering that Comcast has throttled back my bandwidth  several times this year  my speed is about the same as DSL now

only thing is I hate changing my phone number again.

Verizon/ATT and the cable companies make a boatload on the phone service.  Get yourself a Cisco PAP2T-NA for $30-50, and sign up for SIP service.  If you can configure a router you can set it up.  I use Voip.ms but there are dozens if not hundreds of providers.  Generally domestic US rates are about $0.01 a minute.  You can talk a LOT on the phone for a penny a minute. There are unlimited plans too but they generally aren't worth it unless you spend an hour on the phone every single day.


You can configure that PAP2T-NA for Google Voice and get FREE incoming and outgoing calls.

(or get an Obi, it's supposedly a lot easier to configure for GV).
 
2013-12-09 03:51:00 PM
I'm trying Aereo for local TV. I live in an area with bad reception and we invested in a roku and Aereo for OTA sports games and news. We do get ESPN thanks to someone with Comcast, an extra email, and WatchESPN. We might just use Aereo for football season and then the Antenna for major events.
 
2013-12-09 03:53:25 PM
If you live near a city, like most of America does (statistically), you can get a lot of channels with an antenna since the digital transition. Out of the dozen or so channels I get only a few don't have sub channels, and many have three or four sub channels. It's better than the basic cable I paid for.

So I got an internet connection without phone/TV/etc. from a non-cable company. Comcast in my area charges more for internet service without cable TV, and fark that. The only thing I still miss is having access to the 24-hour news channels (I know, I know) without relying on a pirate stream, but that's a situation that's going to solve itself soon enough when the news channels realize that anyone under 25 doesn't have cable unless they're still living in their parents' basement.

Not sure what you can get? Try Antenna Web, TV Fool, or even the FCC.

People who have only had cable for years don't know about sub-channels, and it's a shame that many TVs came without a digital receiver until a few years ago. Cable used to be the thing years ago when you lived in a small town too far away for an individual antenna to get more that two networks, and hit a real boom in the 80's and 90's. It's just gotten too expensive to justify, and they hit you with box rentals and all kinds of fees. I just can't see paying $100 a month for something I use for a few hours a day, and even less so now that I've got streaming video.

I've used the money instead to buy a media device, antenna, or tuner box for the old TVs every month for the last few months, and I still come out ahead over my cable bill.

I guess the point of all this is it's gotten easy to get rid of cable. It's not a hipster or fringe thing. Cable can only compete by being a truly premium service or serving a dead zone while lowering their prices.

They're competing against video game consoles, computer manufacturers, and media device manufacturers, and those are all one-time fees for basic service on top of an internet connection, which has become a utility like water, electricity, or a landline phone. In fact, internet connectivity is replacing the landline phone in usefulness.
 
2013-12-09 03:54:38 PM
It's almost as if investing in our infrastructure would be a good thing. If only President Obama would support such a thing.
I was just looking at the most recent report on fast internet. USA is 21st and behind Romania.  http://www.netindex.com/download/allcountries/
How, exactly, have the cable companies done anything to help their "subscribers" aside from gouging them?
I doubt any country aside from the USA would stand for stalling progress in the name of profit.

Stalling progress in the name of profit since 2009.
 
2013-12-09 03:57:01 PM

Dinjiin: Want me back as a subscriber?  Offer ala carte subscription models with reasonable rates.  I'm not paying $120/mo for 500 channels of stupid when I only want a couple.


What cable company charges $120 a month for TV?  I know U-Verse has a $121 package, but that's *everything* (U450).. Including HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, etc.. So if you're paying for *everything*, you must want more than just a couple.. Mine is only $89 a month, and that's pretty much everything EXCEPT HBO/Cinemax (and a couple others I could care less about)..

Or are you including Broadband in that $120 figure as well?
 
2013-12-09 03:58:24 PM
Dear cable.

Your programming appeals to people with room temperature IQs.

This sort of alienates the people who make enough money to pay for your services.

The pricing alienates the rest.  Recess is over.  Do something useful or eat dodo dust.
 
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