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2014-02-19 10:14:49 AM  
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2014-02-19 11:38:24 AM  
How many of those 6% work for Comcast or will profit by this?
 
2014-02-19 12:30:12 PM  
People that work there or own stock in it?
 
2014-02-19 12:35:41 PM  
I don't have cable, is it bad for me?
 
2014-02-19 12:36:25 PM  
That many?
 
2014-02-19 12:38:49 PM  
Are these the same 9% who have a good opinion of congress?
 
2014-02-19 12:45:03 PM  
But the problem is the 94% who oppose the merger have failed to bribe members of congress and administration officials.

In the end, you get the government you buy.
 
2014-02-19 12:47:10 PM  

TheManMythLegend: I don't have cable, is it bad for me?


Without net neutrality? Yes, even if you're not a Comcast-TWC customer, they could essentially kill competing content providers (e.g. Netflix) by throttling traffic because of the number of customers they'd have.
 
2014-02-19 12:49:26 PM  
I'm assuming those 6% work for Comcast or Time Warner.
 
2014-02-19 12:50:01 PM  

naughtyrev: How many of those 6% work for Comcast or will profit by this?


groppet: People that work there or own stock in it?


Looks like I'm a little late.
 
2014-02-19 01:00:00 PM  

RedPhoenix122: naughtyrev: How many of those 6% work for Comcast or will profit by this?

groppet: People that work there or own stock in it?

Looks like I'm a little late.


What he said.
 
2014-02-19 01:00:34 PM  
Hey everyone, lets not forget that some of them are probably libertarians who think this will sort itself all out naturally.
 
2014-02-19 01:02:00 PM  
The new company name is Engulf and Devour.

I wonder how much Netflix is willing to sell out for?
 
2014-02-19 01:06:18 PM  
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2014-02-19 01:07:30 PM  

naughtyrev: How many of those 6% work for Comcast or will profit by this?


Hopefully, all of them.  Unless we're even dumber than I thought, as a country.
 
2014-02-19 01:16:44 PM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Without net neutrality? Yes, even if you're not a Comcast-TWC customer, they could essentially kill competing content providers (e.g. Netflix) by throttling traffic because of the number of customers they'd have.


Throttling isn't the only problem.  By leveraging 60% of American homes, Comcast will be able to do things like demand TV exclusive content and threaten to stop airing a network or studio's productions if they make it available through alternative means like Netflix or Prime.
 
2014-02-19 01:16:48 PM  

TheManMythLegend: I don't have cable, is it bad for me?


If you use Netflix, Amazon Prime or broadband internet ... yes.
 
2014-02-19 01:20:43 PM  

IrateShadow: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Without net neutrality? Yes, even if you're not a Comcast-TWC customer, they could essentially kill competing content providers (e.g. Netflix) by throttling traffic because of the number of customers they'd have.

Throttling isn't the only problem.  By leveraging 60% of American homes, Comcast will be able to do things like demand TV exclusive content and threaten to stop airing a network or studio's productions if they make it available through alternative means like Netflix or Prime.


That as well, although I think this really about the ISP business, because they don't want to just be dumb pipes.
 
2014-02-19 01:35:37 PM  
When in the history of the free market has LESS competition and MORE monopoly been good for the consumer?  What exactly is the point of federal regulators like the FCC and FTC if they are just going to rubber-stamp these deals?
 
2014-02-19 02:09:22 PM  
Six percent? That many?
 
2014-02-19 02:15:19 PM  
On the flip-side; how many of the 94% have a rational basis for their opinion?

Most polling results are obtained from a pool of idiots.

/though I agree, this is very likely a bad, bad thing.
 
2014-02-19 02:55:53 PM  
As someone who has lived in an area served by Comcast, then moved to an area served by Time Warner in the past year, I'm definitely in the 6%.

My take -

Comcast is more expensive (see below though), but better customer service and reliability for their products (Internet always performed at higher than advertised levels and never went out).  And their products are much higher quality (their On Demand catalog is 1000x better than TWC).  Also, phone in a fake upset call and they will readjust your rates to match new subscriber offers once a year.

Time Warner has a donkey dong in their mouth, and they like it.  Their HD box weighs about 40 lbs and I've gone through 3 boxes in 10 months, the internet connects slower than advertised and will randomly go out for a few minutes every month or so.  I've unplugged/replugged this cable modem the past 10 months more than I did with 10+ years of Comcast.  Their on-screen TV GUI is buggy and crashes pretty consistently.  Upgrades to multiple HD boxes and DVR are ridiculously expensive.

I, for one, welcome (back) our new cable/internet overlord.
 
2014-02-19 03:43:18 PM  
I'd like to see a Venn diagram of these 6%ers and people who advocate for the elimination of the minimum wage.
 
2014-02-19 04:07:50 PM  

Argyle82: As someone who has lived in an area served by Comcast, then moved to an area served by Time Warner in the past year, I'm definitely in the 6%.

My take -

Comcast is more expensive (see below though), but better customer service and reliability for their products (Internet always performed at higher than advertised levels and never went out).  And their products are much higher quality (their On Demand catalog is 1000x better than TWC).  Also, phone in a fake upset call and they will readjust your rates to match new subscriber offers once a year.

Time Warner has a donkey dong in their mouth, and they like it.  Their HD box weighs about 40 lbs and I've gone through 3 boxes in 10 months, the internet connects slower than advertised and will randomly go out for a few minutes every month or so.  I've unplugged/replugged this cable modem the past 10 months more than I did with 10+ years of Comcast.  Their on-screen TV GUI is buggy and crashes pretty consistently.  Upgrades to multiple HD boxes and DVR are ridiculously expensive.

I, for one, welcome (back) our new cable/internet overlord.


You're assuming this merger means you get the good parts of each? You're going to get the turds!
 
2014-02-19 04:20:31 PM  
That percentage seems seems bit low:

"Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older - about one in four adults - suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year." -- Source

I guess their crazy and not stupid.
 
2014-02-19 04:34:53 PM  
Study shows that only 6% of people think the Comcast/Time-Warner merger will end up being "good for consumers"

So, the 1% and their Tea Party stooges?
 
2014-02-19 04:37:03 PM  

Argyle82: As someone who has lived in an area served by Comcast, then moved to an area served by Time Warner in the past year, I'm definitely in the 6%.

My take -

Comcast is more expensive (see below though), but better customer service and reliability for their products (Internet always performed at higher than advertised levels and never went out).  And their products are much higher quality (their On Demand catalog is 1000x better than TWC).  Also, phone in a fake upset call and they will readjust your rates to match new subscriber offers once a year.

Time Warner has a donkey dong in their mouth, and they like it.  Their HD box weighs about 40 lbs and I've gone through 3 boxes in 10 months, the internet connects slower than advertised and will randomly go out for a few minutes every month or so.  I've unplugged/replugged this cable modem the past 10 months more than I did with 10+ years of Comcast.  Their on-screen TV GUI is buggy and crashes pretty consistently.  Upgrades to multiple HD boxes and DVR are ridiculously expensive.

I, for one, welcome (back) our new cable/internet overlord.


What if you get Time Warner technology with Comcast pricing?
 
2014-02-19 04:47:25 PM  
This is good news.  Lots of consolidation in these industries means that, when The Glorious People's Revolution happens, it will be easier for the Worker's Councils to nationalize them.

/not a Marxist, but he predicted this shiat
 
2014-02-19 04:57:57 PM  

sdd2000: Argyle82: As someone who has lived in an area served by Comcast, then moved to an area served by Time Warner in the past year, I'm definitely in the 6%.

My take -

Comcast is more expensive (see below though), but better customer service and reliability for their products (Internet always performed at higher than advertised levels and never went out).  And their products are much higher quality (their On Demand catalog is 1000x better than TWC).  Also, phone in a fake upset call and they will readjust your rates to match new subscriber offers once a year.

Time Warner has a donkey dong in their mouth, and they like it.  Their HD box weighs about 40 lbs and I've gone through 3 boxes in 10 months, the internet connects slower than advertised and will randomly go out for a few minutes every month or so.  I've unplugged/replugged this cable modem the past 10 months more than I did with 10+ years of Comcast.  Their on-screen TV GUI is buggy and crashes pretty consistently.  Upgrades to multiple HD boxes and DVR are ridiculously expensive.

I, for one, welcome (back) our new cable/internet overlord.

What if you get Time Warner technology with Comcast pricing?


Ha, very true.  Then I'd be in the 94%.  I have a feeling that with all the cord cutting going on already though, they'd be pretty keen to make sure their PR and CR is on point post-transition.

Only bad thing is there's tons of jobs that will be cut.  But then again I've taken dumps that could probably work at the call/live chat centers for TWC.
 
2014-02-19 04:58:13 PM  
Well to be fair FOX News and FOX Business Channel haven't begun their propaganda rotation on why the merger is a good thing.

Give it time.
 
2014-02-19 05:03:14 PM  

CPennypacker: Argyle82: As someone who has lived in an area served by Comcast, then moved to an area served by Time Warner in the past year, I'm definitely in the 6%.

My take -

Comcast is more expensive (see below though), but better customer service and reliability for their products (Internet always performed at higher than advertised levels and never went out).  And their products are much higher quality (their On Demand catalog is 1000x better than TWC).  Also, phone in a fake upset call and they will readjust your rates to match new subscriber offers once a year.

Time Warner has a donkey dong in their mouth, and they like it.  Their HD box weighs about 40 lbs and I've gone through 3 boxes in 10 months, the internet connects slower than advertised and will randomly go out for a few minutes every month or so.  I've unplugged/replugged this cable modem the past 10 months more than I did with 10+ years of Comcast.  Their on-screen TV GUI is buggy and crashes pretty consistently.  Upgrades to multiple HD boxes and DVR are ridiculously expensive.

I, for one, welcome (back) our new cable/internet overlord.

You're assuming this merger means you get the good parts of each? You're going to get the turds!


Very possible!  At this point with TWC though, I'd rather hang my hopes on Comcast coming in and saving the day than TWC actually improving.  They're a nightmare.
 
2014-02-19 05:18:25 PM  

Argyle82: As someone who has lived in an area served by Comcast, then moved to an area served by Time Warner in the past year, I'm definitely in the 6%.

My take -

Comcast is more expensive (see below though), but better customer service and reliability for their products (Internet always performed at higher than advertised levels and never went out).  And their products are much higher quality (their On Demand catalog is 1000x better than TWC).  Also, phone in a fake upset call and they will readjust your rates to match new subscriber offers once a year.

Time Warner has a donkey dong in their mouth, and they like it.  Their HD box weighs about 40 lbs and I've gone through 3 boxes in 10 months, the internet connects slower than advertised and will randomly go out for a few minutes every month or so.  I've unplugged/replugged this cable modem the past 10 months more than I did with 10+ years of Comcast.  Their on-screen TV GUI is buggy and crashes pretty consistently.  Upgrades to multiple HD boxes and DVR are ridiculously expensive.

I, for one, welcome (back) our new cable/internet overlord.


And as one person who did the opposite - went from Comcast to TWC - Comcast is, in my experience, the far worse of the two. Poor quality of service: internet wasn't even close to what you paid for and would go out once every week or two. Add in worse prices, and missed appointments that they claim you canceled. They do claim to have a 'two hour' window for those service calls. That two hours involves being able to confirm you still want to keep the appointment by phone the night before and one hour before arrival (so if you miss the call they assume you don't want them to come).
Hate Comcast with a passion.
TWC has, so far, been very good.

tl; dr YMMV
 
2014-02-19 05:35:06 PM  
As long they make it easier to play around with my tiers, remove channels, add channels, (all without speaking to a person on the phone), i'll be thrilled.
 
2014-02-19 05:42:41 PM  

Argyle82: As someone who has lived in an area served by Comcast, then moved to an area served by Time Warner in the past year, I'm definitely in the 6%.

My take -

Comcast is more expensive (see below though), but better customer service and reliability for their products (Internet always performed at higher than advertised levels and never went out).  And their products are much higher quality (their On Demand catalog is 1000x better than TWC).  Also, phone in a fake upset call and they will readjust your rates to match new subscriber offers once a year.

Time Warner has a donkey dong in their mouth, and they like it.  Their HD box weighs about 40 lbs and I've gone through 3 boxes in 10 months, the internet connects slower than advertised and will randomly go out for a few minutes every month or so.  I've unplugged/replugged this cable modem the past 10 months more than I did with 10+ years of Comcast.  Their on-screen TV GUI is buggy and crashes pretty consistently.  Upgrades to multiple HD boxes and DVR are ridiculously expensive.

I, for one, welcome (back) our new cable/internet overlord.


According to Netflix Monthly ISP Speed Index, Comcast is bottom four  ... way below Time Warner.    Then again, they've been rumored to throttle down access to competitors and isn't shy about giving preferential data cap preference to their own apps.
 
2014-02-19 06:07:42 PM  

T.rex: As long they make it easier to play around with my tiers, remove channels, add channels, (all without speaking to a person on the phone), i'll be thrilled.


Good luck with that!

/Comcast customer for 10+ years
//Only give them $$ for internet and barebones basic cable
///They're all a racket
 
2014-02-19 07:48:56 PM  
It's my hope that this deal falls through and the cable equivalent of Verizon goes crazy with competition in the aftermath.

That was sort of a defining how it's supposed to work event.
 
2014-02-19 07:54:42 PM  

T.rex: As long they make it easier to play around with my tiers, remove channels, add channels, (all without speaking to a person on the phone), i'll be thrilled.


Yeah, there will totally be incentive for them to blow up their business model and rebuild a new one from scratch after they have a monopoly in 19 out of the 20 largest population areas in the US.
 
2014-02-19 08:10:04 PM  
Fox News question of the day: Why do 94% of Americans hate American capitalism?
 
2014-02-19 08:12:50 PM  

T.rex: As long they make it easier to play around with my tiers, remove channels, add channels, (all without speaking to a person on the phone), i'll be thrilled.


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  Oh, my sides ache!

Comcast is the company that absolutely refuses to let customers hide non-subscribed and unwanted channels in the guide - and has the guide screen designed so that 1/2 the screen is ads!
 
2014-02-19 09:17:01 PM  
I'm pretty sure more than 6% of our population are morans. Closer to 50% if I just use my fellow drivers as a sample population.
 
2014-02-19 09:25:55 PM  

CPennypacker: Argyle82: As someone who has lived in an area served by Comcast, then moved to an area served by Time Warner in the past year, I'm definitely in the 6%.

You're assuming this merger means you get the good parts of each? You're going to get the turds!


Yeah, Argyle86 seems to be displaying the sort of unwarranted optimism that leads to people panning for gold in their toilet.
 
2014-02-19 09:49:23 PM  

RedPhoenix122: I'm assuming those 6% work for Comcast or Time Warner.


Or hold stock on Comcast.
 
2014-02-19 09:54:09 PM  

Target Builder: CPennypacker: Argyle82: As someone who has lived in an area served by Comcast, then moved to an area served by Time Warner in the past year, I'm definitely in the 6%.

You're assuming this merger means you get the good parts of each? You're going to get the turds!

Yeah, Argyle86 seems to be displaying the sort of unwarranted optimism that leads to people panning for gold in their toilet.


You have no idea how much goldschlager I can drink. That may not be all that far fetched.
 
2014-02-19 10:03:37 PM  
As an unfortunate TWC customer, this merger will likely force me to be required to have a cable tv subscription alongside my Internet. I was getting weekly calls from TWC about their cable offerings and deals. When they interrupted me on a VERY busy day between job interviews, they didn't get the hint that right then was a really bad F&#*ING time. But, at least I didn't hang up on the guy calling!

I'm not holding out that the FCC will grow some balls and claim them all common carrier, or that the FTC stop this merger flat. Or legislation or mandate stating companies providing both services and content are anticompetitive and monopolistic, and thus illegal. Hey, a man can dream, right?
 
2014-02-19 10:13:16 PM  
I wonder what the margin of error is? Could be only three percent of people think it's a good idea.
 
2014-02-19 10:25:08 PM  
But the Wall Street Journal Urinal says that's it's a natural development of plutocracy.
 
2014-02-19 11:24:11 PM  
I'm not sure you could get 94% of Americans to agree on the color of the sky.  That this will be a bad deal for consumers is beyond obvious.
 
2014-02-19 11:33:16 PM  
I like the timing of the Google announcement. I hope they leap on top of Comcasts most lucrative markets and rapes them until they beg for death.
 
2014-02-20 12:25:26 AM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Target Builder: CPennypacker: Argyle82: As someone who has lived in an area served by Comcast, then moved to an area served by Time Warner in the past year, I'm definitely in the 6%.

You're assuming this merger means you get the good parts of each? You're going to get the turds!

Yeah, Argyle86 seems to be displaying the sort of unwarranted optimism that leads to people panning for gold in their toilet.

You have no idea how much goldschlager I can drink. That may not be all that far fetched.


+1 For forcing that visual into my head.
 
2014-02-20 01:20:44 AM  
Define 'people'
 
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