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June 16th, 2006

Comcast’s Big Jump

So every so often, we consider upgrading our cable TV. We currently have Basic service – so basic that even the “S” isn’t capitalized – that includes about 20 channels (all local) plus Spike and Animal Planet (unsure why, but hey, TNG reruns!)

I called the other day to see if there was a special going on – you know, Expanded Basic (?) for $20 or whatever. We’re paying $8/month right now.

First, I was put on hold for ten minutes. I got to listen to some great offers, like $90/month for all sorts of channels and stuff. Once I got to speak to an actual person, though, it was pretty much a wash. “Sir, I’m sorry,” she said repeatedly – it was her default phrase – “We’re not running any deals. One moment… Sir, I’m sorry. Sir? I’m sorry.”

“So how much is the next tier of service – one without a cable box?”


“So you’re telling me that there’s nothing between the $8/month Basic I’ve got right now and the $50/month Expanded Basic?”

“That’s correct. Sir, I’m sorry.”

Me, too. Gee whiz, that’s a big jump: $42. For that price, I could get a month’s worth of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report from iTunes for $20, and spend the remaining $22 on, well, anything. Like, say… Netflix!

That? Would be Comcastic!

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday June 16, 2006 -- 9:10:12 am
I'm surprised they have an $8/month package!

FROM: jk
DATE: Friday June 16, 2006 -- 10:06:11 am
I pay $16 with tax and get up to ESPN. As much as I miss the Food Network, I am doing fine without all the other channels.

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday June 16, 2006 -- 11:17:04 am
I'm with Ryan: $8/mo is insanely cheap. The über-basic where I am is like $25/mo.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday June 16, 2006 -- 5:21:02 pm
You realize that's really just local channels with a good picture, plus two cable channels, right? Nothing fancy here. $8.

Food Network needs to get their shows on iTunes. Although, I'll tell you jk, our PBS affiliate serves as a poor person's Food Network.

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday June 16, 2006 -- 8:05:39 pm
Paul -- yep. Here's the cheapest version ours offers: $21. Local only plus one or two stations like Discovery.

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