Back in the 1980s in Indianapolis we had Comcast as our TV provider. When we bought the house, it had already been wired for cable in a couple of spots and the TV reception was bad so we ordered Comcast, which was the only cable provider available. After a few years, I got so frustrated with Comcast , that I was one of the first to switch to DirecTV (Satellite) when it first came out. We were faithful DirecTV customers until we moved to The Villages, Florida.
When we moved, The Villages owned cable company, Clearlink, was reasonably priced (cheaper than DirecTV), had all the local channels, and had the Villages owned TV station. It also included free membership in TheVillages.net, where we could make tee time reservations and review entertainment and recreation schedules.
Before the year was out, however, The Villages sold out to Comcast, who graciously let us keep TheVillages.net and agreed to only gradually raise the prices to the Comcast level. I was cautious about the switch, but quit complaining when the high-speed internet connection speeded up. After all they were the only cable company we could do business with.
So far so good, right? Wrong. Last Christmas, we decided to treat ourselves to a new TiVo HD. We love our TiVo and thought it would be cool to have one that would record HD programs and have two channels so we could watch and record different programs at the same time. So far things have not worked out so well. Comcast seems in capable of getting both tuners working. You can click on “Comcast Saga” in the upper right corner, or here for complete details of the fiasco. Please read it then come back here to comment.
I have a few questions for you.
- Do you think Comcast would do a better job if it had some competition in the cable market?
- What cable company/TV provider do you have?
- Are you satisfied?
- Have you ever had similar fiascos with your cable provider. If so what happened?
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