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(The Hollywood Reporter)   Comcast, which started as a cable TV company, does not want any more new TV subscribers as they rake in billions from overcharging with their broadband internet monopoly   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line
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2019-03-12 05:39:36 PM  
No kidding. My internet options are overpriced Comcast or DSL that maxes out at maybe 10% of my Comcast speed. And cutting the cord on TV does nothing. If I dropped both TV and phone (which I dont even have hooked up), I might save 5% on my bill.
 
2019-03-12 08:52:31 PM  
I have three options.  All offering the same speeds for the same money.

NO COLLUSION!
 
2019-03-12 08:54:40 PM  
I have no clue why any of them chased people that are highly likely to cut the cord instead of trying to retain people that been with for 10 plus years.

/At&t do the exact same shiat on it's Uverse and cell service.
 
2019-03-12 08:56:39 PM  
The cable companies were warning everyone this is what would happen. We could all swim together with 500 channels, or sink with our skinny packages. Frankly, we are all being forced the road of skinny packages on top of increasingly expensive broadband.
 
2019-03-12 08:58:28 PM  

NeoCortex42: No kidding. My internet options are overpriced Comcast or DSL that maxes out at maybe 10% of my Comcast speed. And cutting the cord on TV does nothing. If I dropped both TV and phone (which I dont even have hooked up), I might save 5% on my bill.


Luxury!
My choices are DSL or carrier pigeon. Cable isn't an option as it isn't available where I live.
;^(.
 
2019-03-12 09:01:12 PM  
Just about everything on cable TV can be streamed but you need high-speed internet to stream it. Comcast may be looking at the future of cord cutting and preparing for it.
 
2019-03-12 09:03:12 PM  

runwiz: Just about everything on cable TV can be streamed but you need high-speed internet to stream it. Comcast may be looking at the future of cord cutting and preparing for it.


You spelled "present" wrong.
 
2019-03-12 09:05:36 PM  
It's easy to be profitable when you have monopolistic, or near-monopolistic, control of broadband in most areas of the country.

Here in Houston we really only have 2 choices; Comcast, at speeds up to 1GBit, or AT&T, at speeds up to 50MBit. It's not much of a choice.

But at least it's not really overpriced.  On contract you can get 60Mbit for $34.99, 150MBit for $49.99, and 250MBit for $64.99 a month. I'm on the 250. That includes all the local channels as well, though you have to use either their App or their web Streaming Portal to watch them (So no DVR). Just have to remember to call and renew it every year or two, and/or be willing to switch to AT&T for a year if they say "No" (they never have).

Still, I have hope that one day there will be more viable options.
 
2019-03-12 09:38:49 PM  
 
2019-03-12 10:05:22 PM  

runwiz: Just about everything on cable TV can be streamed but you need high-speed internet to stream it. Comcast may be looking at the future of cord cutting and preparing for it.


Plus it would be cheaper for them to move their cable service to a streaming service and only have to maintain the data network. Why build-out and maintain 2 separate networks?
 
2019-03-12 10:15:26 PM  

spooky.action: runwiz: Just about everything on cable TV can be streamed but you need high-speed internet to stream it. Comcast may be looking at the future of cord cutting and preparing for it.

Plus it would be cheaper for them to move their cable service to a streaming service and only have to maintain the data network. Why build-out and maintain 2 separate networks?


Comcast NBC Universal....
ATT Time Warner

I'm calling it now Disney buys Verizon.

"Ya wanna buy over the top content?"
 
2019-03-12 10:55:50 PM  
The major problem with Comcast (I can't say anything about any other company as everywhere I have ever lived has been a Comcast monopoly) is that the speed they say 'up to' never comes close. They definitely throttle certain IP addresses. Once my contract runs out I'm going for a fiber internet company that is in the area that is a flat $60 for 100 mbps (upload and download speed) that I've had before. That is plenty of speed for streaming. I dont need the gig speed for $100 but it's there. I dont even care of Comcas is cheaper with a deal (every year you have to biatch at them). I want my personal fetish site nice and slippery fast, no questions asked please.
 
2019-03-12 11:02:22 PM  
Use a VPN.
And when they overcharge you, file a complaint with the FCC and make sure you stay on their asses.
 
2019-03-12 11:43:57 PM  
When I had Comcast  I used an HDhomerun to get the basic cable included with the internet. It saved me about $15 a month in extra fees, and I had 3 HD tuners instead of one SD box. These days I just don't watch much more than PBS and NHK, so the antenna and streaming/FTA suffice.

Now I'm stuck with CenturyLink. No problems yet.
 
2019-03-12 11:53:33 PM  

redonkulon: The major problem with Comcast (I can't say anything about any other company as everywhere I have ever lived has been a Comcast monopoly) is that the speed they say 'up to' never comes close. They definitely throttle certain IP addresses. Once my contract runs out I'm going for a fiber internet company that is in the area that is a flat $60 for 100 mbps (upload and download speed) that I've had before. That is plenty of speed for streaming. I dont need the gig speed for $100 but it's there. I dont even care of Comcas is cheaper with a deal (every year you have to biatch at them). I want my personal fetish site nice and slippery fast, no questions asked please.


I don't have that problem here, I get more than I pay for.. Like I said, I pay for 250MBit, and I get close to 300.

img.fark.netView Full Size


I don't use their modem though - I bought my own, and it's a bit oversized for my speed; 16 down channels, up to 600MBit. The one they wanted to "rent" me (for $10/month) was an 8 channel, 300 MBit. I think it makes a difference.
 
2019-03-13 01:08:53 AM  

NeoCortex42: No kidding. My internet options are overpriced Comcast or DSL that maxes out at maybe 10% of my Comcast speed. And cutting the cord on TV does nothing. If I dropped both TV and phone (which I dont even have hooked up), I might save 5% on my bill.


Frontier is easily the greatest advertisement for Comcast.  Where Frontier is their only competition, Comcast could probably openly add a surcharge simply on the basis of "No matter how bad we are, we're still not as bad as Frontier."
 
2019-03-13 01:36:44 AM  

GrailOfThunder: redonkulon: The major problem with Comcast (I can't say anything about any other company as everywhere I have ever lived has been a Comcast monopoly) is that the speed they say 'up to' never comes close. They definitely throttle certain IP addresses. Once my contract runs out I'm going for a fiber internet company that is in the area that is a flat $60 for 100 mbps (upload and download speed) that I've had before. That is plenty of speed for streaming. I dont need the gig speed for $100 but it's there. I dont even care of Comcas is cheaper with a deal (every year you have to biatch at them). I want my personal fetish site nice and slippery fast, no questions asked please.

I don't have that problem here, I get more than I pay for.. Like I said, I pay for 250MBit, and I get close to 300.

[img.fark.net image 426x109]

I don't use their modem though - I bought my own, and it's a bit oversized for my speed; 16 down channels, up to 600MBit. The one they wanted to "rent" me (for $10/month) was an 8 channel, 300 MBit. I think it makes a difference.


That upload and ping.
img.fark.netView Full Size


I would think that At&t would at least run full fiber to all the cites in its home state.
 
2019-03-13 01:37:49 AM  

Mindlock: NeoCortex42: No kidding. My internet options are overpriced Comcast or DSL that maxes out at maybe 10% of my Comcast speed. And cutting the cord on TV does nothing. If I dropped both TV and phone (which I dont even have hooked up), I might save 5% on my bill.

Frontier is easily the greatest advertisement for Comcast.  Where Frontier is their only competition, Comcast could probably openly add a surcharge simply on the basis of "No matter how bad we are, we're still not as bad as Frontier."


Would you like to buy my pile of worthless FTR stock?
 
2019-03-13 02:23:56 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: GrailOfThunder: redonkulon: The major problem with Comcast (I can't say anything about any other company as everywhere I have ever lived has been a Comcast monopoly) is that the speed they say 'up to' never comes close. They definitely throttle certain IP addresses. Once my contract runs out I'm going for a fiber internet company that is in the area that is a flat $60 for 100 mbps (upload and download speed) that I've had before. That is plenty of speed for streaming. I dont need the gig speed for $100 but it's there. I dont even care of Comcas is cheaper with a deal (every year you have to biatch at them). I want my personal fetish site nice and slippery fast, no questions asked please.

I don't have that problem here, I get more than I pay for.. Like I said, I pay for 250MBit, and I get close to 300.

[img.fark.net image 426x109]

I don't use their modem though - I bought my own, and it's a bit oversized for my speed; 16 down channels, up to 600MBit. The one they wanted to "rent" me (for $10/month) was an 8 channel, 300 MBit. I think it makes a difference.

That upload and ping. [img.fark.net image 850x212]

I would think that At&t would at least run full fiber to all the cites in its home state.


Upload is rather slow (comparatively speaking), but I don't mind - I don't do a lot of uploading.  I maintain my own backups using a 8TB external USB drive, and I wouldn't want to put that up on the cloud anyway; the data cap overage would cost me $200.  Ping doesn't bother me much either. Most of my "downloading" is made up of streaming video on up to 5 devices simultaneously (2 phones, 3 TVs) with 2 of the TVs being capable of 4K. I could probably get by with 150MBit, but *meh*.. 250 is only an extra $15 a month, and the extra speed is nice when I'm downloading a 10-20GB game for the XBone or a 100GB game off Steam.
 
2019-03-13 02:50:26 AM  

Harry_Seldon: Mindlock: NeoCortex42: No kidding. My internet options are overpriced Comcast or DSL that maxes out at maybe 10% of my Comcast speed. And cutting the cord on TV does nothing. If I dropped both TV and phone (which I dont even have hooked up), I might save 5% on my bill.

Frontier is easily the greatest advertisement for Comcast.  Where Frontier is their only competition, Comcast could probably openly add a surcharge simply on the basis of "No matter how bad we are, we're still not as bad as Frontier."

Would you like to buy my pile of worthless FTR stock?


Sure, but you've got to be the one to scrape the quarter out of the gum on my shoe though.

Looking at that chart, I sure hope you didn't buy in about four years ago...
 
2019-03-13 03:10:38 AM  

Mindlock: Harry_Seldon: Mindlock: NeoCortex42: No kidding. My internet options are overpriced Comcast or DSL that maxes out at maybe 10% of my Comcast speed. And cutting the cord on TV does nothing. If I dropped both TV and phone (which I dont even have hooked up), I might save 5% on my bill.

Frontier is easily the greatest advertisement for Comcast.  Where Frontier is their only competition, Comcast could probably openly add a surcharge simply on the basis of "No matter how bad we are, we're still not as bad as Frontier."

Would you like to buy my pile of worthless FTR stock?

Sure, but you've got to be the one to scrape the quarter out of the gum on my shoe though.

Looking at that chart, I sure hope you didn't buy in about four years ago...


Oh, yeah. I have had it since before it tanked in Feb 2016, then I bought more when I thought it bottomed out. I have had to reassess my decision making.
 
2019-03-13 03:26:28 AM  

Harry_Seldon: Mindlock: Harry_Seldon: Mindlock: NeoCortex42: No kidding. My internet options are overpriced Comcast or DSL that maxes out at maybe 10% of my Comcast speed. And cutting the cord on TV does nothing. If I dropped both TV and phone (which I dont even have hooked up), I might save 5% on my bill.

Frontier is easily the greatest advertisement for Comcast.  Where Frontier is their only competition, Comcast could probably openly add a surcharge simply on the basis of "No matter how bad we are, we're still not as bad as Frontier."

Would you like to buy my pile of worthless FTR stock?

Sure, but you've got to be the one to scrape the quarter out of the gum on my shoe though.

Looking at that chart, I sure hope you didn't buy in about four years ago...

Oh, yeah. I have had it since before it tanked in Feb 2016, then I bought more when I thought it bottomed out. I have had to reassess my decision making.


My sympathy.

If I come across any great investments, like say some beachfront property, or some river crossing real estate, I'll keep you in mind...

Seriously though, hope it's not too bad a hit for you though.
 
2019-03-13 03:38:00 AM  

Mindlock: Harry_Seldon: Mindlock: Harry_Seldon: Mindlock: NeoCortex42: No kidding. My internet options are overpriced Comcast or DSL that maxes out at maybe 10% of my Comcast speed. And cutting the cord on TV does nothing. If I dropped both TV and phone (which I dont even have hooked up), I might save 5% on my bill.

Frontier is easily the greatest advertisement for Comcast.  Where Frontier is their only competition, Comcast could probably openly add a surcharge simply on the basis of "No matter how bad we are, we're still not as bad as Frontier."

Would you like to buy my pile of worthless FTR stock?

Sure, but you've got to be the one to scrape the quarter out of the gum on my shoe though.

Looking at that chart, I sure hope you didn't buy in about four years ago...

Oh, yeah. I have had it since before it tanked in Feb 2016, then I bought more when I thought it bottomed out. I have had to reassess my decision making.

My sympathy.

If I come across any great investments, like say some beachfront property, or some river crossing real estate, I'll keep you in mind...

Seriously though, hope it's not too bad a hit for you though.


It was a valuable lesson, but I haven't sold any, so it's still a paper loss. I might be down $12k. I've had enough market tracking ETF's to make it a blip.

img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2019-03-13 08:32:47 AM  
Comcast since 2000. $75 a month, 15 to 30mb speed using my own hardware. 25 miles outside Baltimore in heavily populated area. Only other choice is Verizon at $100+ per month to start, then the fees pile up.

It's a rip off.
 
2019-03-14 08:05:46 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: GrailOfThunder: redonkulon: The major problem with Comcast (I can't say anything about any other company as everywhere I have ever lived has been a Comcast monopoly) is that the speed they say 'up to' never comes close. They definitely throttle certain IP addresses. Once my contract runs out I'm going for a fiber internet company that is in the area that is a flat $60 for 100 mbps (upload and download speed) that I've had before. That is plenty of speed for streaming. I dont need the gig speed for $100 but it's there. I dont even care of Comcas is cheaper with a deal (every year you have to biatch at them). I want my personal fetish site nice and slippery fast, no questions asked please.

I don't have that problem here, I get more than I pay for.. Like I said, I pay for 250MBit, and I get close to 300.

[img.fark.net image 426x109]

I don't use their modem though - I bought my own, and it's a bit oversized for my speed; 16 down channels, up to 600MBit. The one they wanted to "rent" me (for $10/month) was an 8 channel, 300 MBit. I think it makes a difference.

That upload and ping. [img.fark.net image 850x212]

I would think that At&t would at least run full fiber to all the cites in its home state.


We're paying 105 for GB through Comcast... I would much prefer to look at your speed test when I check it. The primary reason we're on GB was that it's the cheapest route to higher uploads without paying the business class prices and it still only comes in around 40mbps on the upload. The things I could do with symmetrical gigabit and single digit pings. Hell, the things I could do with at least 100mbps on the upload.
 
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