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post #7801 of 7840
What is up with Comcast and there pricing. Just got my bill and it is higher again. Noticed that I no longer get the 2 free digital adapter and I'm being charged now. Cable is starting to become the biggest rip off. It is closely getting to be near the cost of my Power Bill which is the 2nd largest payment outside my Mortgage.

Worst is with the increasing prices the Customer Service is going downhill. I was never able to resolve the temporary Olympic channels with my Cablecard. The guy gave up after one try provisioning it and wanted to send a truck and waste my day rather than transfer to someone who knows about InfiiTv and cablecards. Now I just notice that I'm no longer getting the 3D ESPN station and the other 3D station. Not looking forward to getting no where is yet another clueless CSR.

All this corporate greed with the networks charging for this and that for cable companies to carry their channels is BS and jacking up these costs. Internet prices are just plain stupid. How is that the further we get into the tech age, the price of Internet has yet to go down? I can buy a TV for cheaper than I ever use to. I bought my first Dell PC for some ridiculous amount in the thousands and now I can buy a tablet for $200 and a PC for a few bucks more.

Okay, I'm done venting my frustrations, but $165 for standard HD cable, my own box, and Internet service has got me worked up.
post #7802 of 7840
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Originally Posted by SpencerKarter85 View Post

Here in the Upstate SC, I've did some channel scanning on my OTA TV and I've picked up WCIV 4 ABC (RF 34) from Charleston, SC on my OTA TV here in Greenwood, SC. But it was temporary. It's about 160 miles from the towers in Awendaw, SC. This is the third station from the Lowcountry I've picked up in DXing in Upstate SC. This is the first time I've picked up WCIV ABC News 4 over the air. smile.gif

Years ago we were in Hendersonville, nc and I was flipping through the channels and picked up the old wcsc midday show. I think that the clouds were low and the signal was bouncing off them. Idk. But that is 237 miles or so.
post #7803 of 7840
It is like the cable companies are operating in a vacuum and the thought of competition never crosses their mind.
We got Comcast in 1978 and it was 15mo. For basic.
Now we're are over 160 mo with hd and high speed Internet.
Our cable bill was more than our power bill for December and January. Only February's bill was higher
post #7804 of 7840
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Originally Posted by b4z View Post

It is like the cable companies are operating in a vacuum and the thought of competition never crosses their mind.
We got Comcast in 1978 and it was 15mo. For basic.
Now we're are over 160 mo with hd and high speed Internet.
Our cable bill was more than our power bill for December and January. Only February's bill was higher

 

There really isn't much competition anymore. The cable companies know that customers do not like the hassle of switching TV providers, especially if that also means switching internet providers and setting up a new email address. OTA cannot provide much competition because there are so few antenna installers around.

post #7805 of 7840
OTA is a good option in the Charleston area. All the xmit towers for the local stations are close together in the Awendaw area so basically one direction from where ever you are. 15 local channels smile.gif
post #7806 of 7840
Comcast,

Any ideas on when the new X1 box may be available in the Charleston area. I have Directv now but this new platform may be enough to make me give Comcast a look. For those that don't know about it, do a search on You Tube for it. It looks very cool!
post #7807 of 7840
I just converted my HTPC from an HDD to an SSD so I re-installed Windows 7. Trying to set up Media Center again to show my channels I can no longer find FOX HD or any of the three PBS HD channels. I have SD for FOX and one of the PBS channels. A previous post in this thread suggested that they are basically channels 86.1-86.4 but those don't show up in my options when I scan. I tried to add them manually but then I don't get anything showing when I view the channel. This is ClearQAM through Comcast I think so it shouldn't be a matter of reception.
post #7808 of 7840
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Originally Posted by RUsum1 View Post

I just converted my HTPC from an HDD to an SSD so I re-installed Windows 7.Trying to set up Media Center again to show my channels I can no longer find FOX HD or any of the three PBS HD channels. I have SD for FOX and one of the PBS channels. A previous post in this thread suggested that they are basically channels 86.1-86.4 but those don't show up in my options when I scan. I tried to add them manually but then I don't get anything showing when I view the channel. This is ClearQAM through Comcast I think so it shouldn't be a matter of reception.

I haven't had PBS on my HTPC in ages. I always thought it was an antenna and signal issue. I will scan again robust and let you know if I get it OTA.
post #7809 of 7840
Does anybody know what's going on with Comcast HD? EVERY HD channel I have looks like 480p upconverted to 1080i. And it's not even a good upconversion. Text is all aliased and nothing is sharp. It looks like I'm watching Youtube TV set to 480p. This is on multiple Boxes on different TV's. Yes everything is set properly.

IMG_3892.JPG 1800k .JPG file

Even the guide looks like half resolution. The guide has never been high quality but now it's even worse.

IMG_3891.JPG 1330k .JPG file
post #7810 of 7840
Can someone give me an insight on how much the final bill, including all taxes would be for their $79.something bundle for 12 months?

I'm moving into the area. Here streaming makes sense, even if I pay about $50/month for all of the TV episodes. Unless Comcast tacks on a crapload of other fees, getting cable back will actually be around the same, even after their "new customer" pricing expires. All I would really need is a cablecard from them...
post #7811 of 7840
I notice Kathie Lee and Hoda are broadcasting the Today Show live from Charleston today and Friday.
post #7812 of 7840
Has anybody here recently had a Genie install from Directv? If so, what model did you receive? Was it a HR34 or HR44?
post #7813 of 7840
When will WTAT 24 (FOX) and WMMP 36 (MyTV Charleston) be broadcasting syndicated shows in 16x9 HD? I know WTAT 24 broadcasting news in HD recently.
post #7814 of 7840
Ok I can confirm the HR44 is getting installed in Charleston. Anyone considering making the switch, I can highly recommend. Small and fast! A few bugs but not anything earth shattering.
post #7815 of 7840
I currently have Comcast and ATT Uverse just became available in my part of Mt. Pleasant. I would like to make the switch but am concerned about what I've read about U-verse internet speed.

I currently have the highest speed available from Comcast and get about 35/5 on average. How do U-verse's speeds compare? I don't mind some drop off to 15/20 but I work from home so I need a solid and reliable internet connection.

Thanks in advance for any help!
post #7816 of 7840
I currently have Comcast and ATT Uverse just became available in my part of Mt. Pleasant. I would like to make the switch but am concerned about what I've read about U-verse internet speed.

I currently have the highest speed available from Comcast and get about 35/5 on average. How do U-verse's speeds compare? I don't mind some drop off to 15/20 but I work from home so I need a solid and reliable internet connection.

Thanks in advance for any help!
post #7817 of 7840
The Lowcountry's first TV station WCSC Live 5 (CBS) celebrates 60 years today! smile.gif

RIP Charlie Hall, John Rivers Sr, and Keith Nichols who were part of the Live 5 family.
post #7818 of 7840
Back in the day you couldn't beat channel 5, the others were also rans. Today everything is so diluted the viewership ain't what it used to be. Sad to see. Wish it was still locally owned.
post #7819 of 7840
Had you heard WTAT/WMMP's owners (Sinclair) have purchased Allbritton (owners of ABC station WCIV)?

Also, DISH Network customers have lost access to WCSC Live 5 because they failed to reach an retransmission consent agreement. Retransmission consent blackouts have been common and controversial during the past years.
post #7820 of 7840
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Originally Posted by SpencerKarter85 View Post

Had you heard WTAT/WMMP's owners (Sinclair) have purchased Allbritton (owners of ABC station WCIV)?

Also, DISH Network customers have lost access to WCSC Live 5 because they failed to reach an retransmission consent agreement. Retransmission consent blackouts have been common and controversial during the past years.

Your paragraph #1 is the reason the content in paragraph #2 is happening - and the pay-tv subscriber ends up paying more because of such BS.

Eric
post #7821 of 7840
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Originally Posted by eacalhoun View Post

Your paragraph #1 is the reason the content in paragraph #2 is happening - and the pay-tv subscriber ends up paying more because of such BS.

Eric

I don't understand why they have to pay for the signals that are free over the air using an antenna. I don't want to talk about politics. Now it's Day 2.
post #7822 of 7840
Actually it seems that the stations should be paying them as they reach more audience then the station can reach OTA. The station gets all the ad $
post #7823 of 7840
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Originally Posted by tc1 View Post

Actually it seems that the stations should be paying them as they reach more audience then the station can reach OTA. The station gets all the ad $

The current retrans laws are outdated and was written 21 years ago. Google AMERICAN TELEVISION ALLIANCE for example
post #7824 of 7840
I live in Mount Pleasant and get really solid HDTV reception via a couple of indoor antennas. I am about 12 miles away from most of the antenna towers.

I'm moving to IOP (near 3rd avenue) and will now be a few miles further from the towers. Does anyone know whether the OTA antenna reception is good from IOP? Just not sure whether my indoor antennas will do the job there as they do in MP.
post #7825 of 7840
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Originally Posted by Hoopnoop View Post

I live in Mount Pleasant and get really solid HDTV reception via a couple of indoor antennas. I am about 12 miles away from most of the antenna towers.

I'm moving to IOP (near 3rd avenue) and will now be a few miles further from the towers. Does anyone know whether the OTA antenna reception is good from IOP? Just not sure whether my indoor antennas will do the job there as they do in MP.

Go to http://www.antennaweb.org or http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/dtvmaps/ to type your address to see how strong is your free OTA signals in your area. smile.gif
post #7826 of 7840
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Originally Posted by Hoopnoop View Post

I live in Mount Pleasant and get really solid HDTV reception via a couple of indoor antennas. I am about 12 miles away from most of the antenna towers.

I'm moving to IOP (near 3rd avenue) and will now be a few miles further from the towers. Does anyone know whether the OTA antenna reception is good from IOP? Just not sure whether my indoor antennas will do the job there as they do in MP.

Also give http://www.tvfool.com/ a try. It's a great place to check for receivable channels.
post #7827 of 7840
The CW is now HD. Way to go Media General!!!
post #7828 of 7840
First the dispute with WCSC Live 5's owners (Raycom), now MediaGeneral (who owns WCBD 2 and Lowcountry CW 14 aka 2.2) is having a possible dispute with DISH.
post #7829 of 7840
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Originally Posted by SpencerKarter85 View Post

First the dispute with WCSC Live 5's owners (Raycom), now MediaGeneral (who owns WCBD 2 and Lowcountry CW 14 aka 2.2) is having a possible dispute with DISH.
Same with WSPA-7 and WYCW-62 in the Upstate. So possible no more CBS or CW. Get your antenna ready. They dropped Raycom channels for several weeks, including WCSC and WBTV.
post #7830 of 7840
With a good ant. and reasonable range you will get better HD AV local with OTA! Promise. wink.gif

And it is FREE
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