Tuesday, January 27, 2009

comcast, it's over

OK…  It’s not totally over, but no more Comcast cable.  No more putting up with the crappy Motorola DVR.  No more having to switch between multiple devices to watch stuff on TV.


Instead, I’ll be paying $45 for internet, eventually $60, and using my PC to listen to music, watch and record TV, and watch movies.

Savings?  $100 over the first 4 months, then nothing for the 8 months after.  The reason is they offered to give me cable + internet for the regular price of internet.  I declined.  Maybe we can have this conversation 4 months from now when my promo rate for internet ends, but for now I’ll be happy to save my $25 a month.  That should be enough to cover the TV card that I’m going to buy and the part of the extra keyboard and mouse I got as well.


So I didn’t save a ton of money, but based on what I’ve been doing the past week with my PC+TV setup, I’ll be happier with my new arrangement.  The Comcast/Motorola DVR really sucks.


ComcastCares1 said...

Hi Paul,

I like saving money too. I understand the need to save money specially in this economy.

I wanted to let you know, I work for Comcast and I can reach out to my contacts and see if we have a low rate package that we can offer to you.

If you are interested, you can provide the phone number linked to the account.

Also, if you don't mind, will you provide more information about the DVR issue?

Thanks in advance!

Mark Casem
Comcast Corp.
National Customer Operations

Anonymous said...

Don't do it Paul. Comcast is BAD. Until they realize that it is 2008 and there are cheaper & better ways to get tv and internet (and phone) and that their reign of monopoly is OVER they are not even worth talking to via email or phone.

Anonymous said...

or 2009, wow I need to stop studying every once in a while and plug back into the real world :)

Greg said...

I'm trying to convince Christina to ditch cable too. And since we're already rolling MythTV instead of whatever shitty DVR Time Warner provides, it won't be much of a stretch. I can keep my HD tuner and grab the broadcast shows over the airwaves, and bittorrent the rest. This app looks promising but I haven't tried it yet.

Paul Ip said...

Interesting... the only downside is that I like to watch the local news and 60 minutes. SNL, 24, Colbert, and Daily Show (along with Family Guy and The Simpsons) are on hulu.com. The local news is also available streaming but it's all cut up. 60 Minutes is on sling.com, but it it seems like they stopped posting full episodes. Lame.

mbagladiator said...

yakhi cbsnews.com posts full episodes of 60 minutes