Comcast . . . widening the digital divide one customer at a time

Git Real was so right when he called Fayette's cable franchisee "Comcrap". Sad Since the switch from analog to digital TV (during which cable customers were assured that they would not be affected), there are several channels I no longer receive without a freakin' digital cable box. Of course, that box comes with a brand new fee, too. Grrrr!

Well, it seems the AJC has discovered that other people in Metro Atlanta aren't too happy, either. So, what's a cable hostage to do? There's no other source for high-speed internet here.

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Submitted by AtHomeGym on Sun, 08/23/2009 - 6:48pm.

I just know that DirectTV works for me--except when it's pouring down rain!

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Submitted by Git Real on Sun, 08/23/2009 - 5:51pm.

It's been about 5 years now... Perhaps the Git household will have U-Verse soon after swearing off ComCrap for obvious reasons. They've prepped the cable on my street..... just waiting any day now for the go-a-head to sign up. Eye-wink

Obama.... The Bernie Madoff Of Washington

Submitted by swmbo on Sun, 08/23/2009 - 8:57pm.

If you're waiting for permission, she's obviously trained you well. Eye-wink

I'll have to look into this U-verse thing. I hadn't heard of it until you and the other bloggers mentioned it. How do you know if your area has been prepped for it?

If you and I are always in agreement, one of us is likely armed and dangerous.

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Submitted by TinCan on Mon, 08/24/2009 - 12:11pm.

You can go to the At&T web site and somewhere (don't recall where, it's been a while since I did it) there's an option where you can enter your phone number and it will let you know if U-Verse is available.

Submitted by Spyglass on Sun, 08/23/2009 - 7:15am.

is where it's at. They can carry many more channels on digital than they can analog. The "pipe" is only so big and folks are demanding more and more HiDef.

Soon, most anything about ch 26 will be digital. At that time Comcast is going to allow 2 digital to analog converters on your account for no extra charge.

Myself, I say bring it on.

All that said, walk into the Comcast office on Dividend, they almost always find some sort of discount they can apply to my bill when I ask.

Submitted by ptcjenn on Sat, 08/22/2009 - 8:39pm.

I just switched to the digital 'starter' and it's only $30 a month, which is almost $20 less than I was paying for the expanded basic cable.
We use the box (which makes it so much slower to change channels and has a million button remote to learn) in the living room but in the other room we just disconnected it and plugged the tv right into the wall to get the same old expanded basic we always had. If we feel like watching TV Guide channel or 'All Nazis all the time' (aka History Channel) we can still see them on the set with the box.

I wish we could get satellite but we had them out here and there are too many trees.

Submitted by Bonkers on Sun, 08/23/2009 - 5:43am.

What is "the digital starter?"

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Submitted by TinCan on Sat, 08/22/2009 - 6:24pm.

I switched to AT&T U-verse a couple of weeks ago. So far happy as a clam, and I can actually see all the TV channels I receive including those that Comcast cut from their analog service. Took a medium range TV package and internet comparable to the highest DSL speed. If you need faster internet they have several higher speed offerings. Haven't been billed yet but I was quoted a price a little above my old combined services.

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