Whty should I like a company that does everything in their power to block consumers from choice?
Did you know that the cable industry, led by Comcast, is the most powerful lobby in Washington?
Did you know that their rate increases VASTLY exceed those of other industries?
Comcast almost single-handedly blocked the DirecTV /DISH merger, citing that it created a monopoly. How ironic.....
Comcast has worked overtime to make it near impossible for TiVO to integrate CABLEcard tech into a TiVO unit. Trust me- if TiVO had a unit that used that tech
Furthermore- I've seen the Comcast employee manual. It mentions TIVO by name and FORBIDS the customer service people to mention it or respond to it. It also tells then to discourage people from using CableCARD because they want people to lease the boxes and use On Demand and Pay-per-View, two profitable services. To answer your "how did you see it" question- I was installing a Panasonic highdef plasma, and called Comcast to see about CableCard. They told me to come in, so I did. They then told me a service tech would have to install it, for $50. I disagreed, and the customer service girl at the window (who was very nice, BTW), showed me her manual, and apologized.
The SOLE reasons I have Comcast and the Comcast DVRS are because
a) Comcast has used legal loopholes to prevent DirecTV to offer Comcast Sportsnet. I'm a Philly sports fan, so, you have to deal with the devil
b)I am unable to get DSL in my neighborhood- too far from a hub. So, cable modem is the only broadband option.
c)I'd like to watch Carnivale in HD. Soon as the season is over, the HD DVR will go back, whether HD TiVO for cable is around or not.
and regarding your smarmy cost comment- How much do you think having the digital cable, DVR, and HD service adds to your bill a month....plus tax? Take that number and multiple it by 12. Note that this is SEPARATE from the normal cable fees as well. Sure, it's not a $1000, but it's certainly not free.
My yearly bill to Comcast will total $1430+. That's with DVR, digital cable, cable modem, and HBO.
So, markjrenna, while you are perfectly entitled to your pro-Comcast cheerleading, please don't disrespect others for holding their own opinions, which may actually differ from yours.