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Here’s how much money your cable company actually loses when you unsubscribe

December 2nd at 1:15 PM

Here’s how much money your cable company actually loses when you unsubscribe

If you’ve been considering cutting your cord in order to stick it to your cable company, you might be surprised by just how little that television service means to heavyweights like Comcast. One Wall Street analyst did the math and determined that sometimes slashing a cable subscription only costs the company a measly $5.50.

Thanks to the bundling deals that cable companies like Comcast make oh so irresistible, analyst Craig Moffett argues that the actual TV portion of many cable bills is much smaller than it might seem.

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Comcast Cable

Genius new chatbot will negotiate with Comcast and help lower your cable bill

November 17th at 5:32 PM

Genius new chatbot will negotiate with Comcast and help lower your cable bill

Cable TV is amazing, but unfortunately, cable companies like Comcast are always trying to get users to pay more money for channels that they’ve indicated they don’t even want. As anyone with cable from any provider can attest, cable bills have a suspicious way of slowly but surely rising up to the $100+ range, even if you made it clear that you’re not interested in a premium package. As the famous Onion headline from two years ago reads, “Nation’s Cable Companies Announce They’re Just Going To Take $100 From Everyone.”

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Comcast wants to charge you for privacy or sell your browsing history to advertisers

August 4th at 2:40 PM

Comcast wants to charge you for privacy or sell your browsing history to advertisers

As if there weren’t enough reasons to hate internet service providers, Comcast is giving you a brand new one. The company wants to be able to charge you more to better protect your privacy, or offer you cheaper plans as long as it’s able to sell your data to advertisers. And by data, we mean all of your browsing history, which is something most people go out of their way to guard. More →

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Comcast Lawsuit

Washington state is suing Comcast for $100 million for lying to customers

August 1st at 6:00 PM

Washington state is suing Comcast for $100 million for lying to customers

Comcast is the most-hated brand in the US, and its slippery marketing tactics and bullshit charges are well known to the entire Western world. But nothing ever gets done, because Comcast is (mostly) a monopoly and people love internet more than they hate Comcast.

But as it happens, the government can (and should!) deal with monopolists that abuse their power, especially by bare-faced lying to customers. That’s exactly what Washington state has done: it has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Comcast for “engaging in a pattern of deceptive practices” that ended up costing customers tens of millions of dollars.

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Comcast Data Caps New Locations

Even more customers are going to have to deal with Comcast’s data caps

July 8th at 4:59 PM

Even more customers are going to have to deal with Comcast’s data caps

One of the most hated policies in cable industry is expanding this week as Comcast has informed customers in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan that they will soon be part of the carrier’s “Terabyte Internet Experience.” In other words, they’re all going to be subject to data caps next month.

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Netflix Comcast Partnership

Netflix is coming to Comcast set-top boxes later this year

July 5th at 4:55 PM

Netflix is coming to Comcast set-top boxes later this year

The animosity between Netflix and Comcast has been well-documented over the past few years, but it appears the two companies have finally put aside their differences for a smart business deal. According to Recode, the two companies confirmed on Tuesday that the Netflix streaming service will be featured on Comcast’s X1 platform before the end of 2016.

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Comcast Cable Box

Comcast is using a lame excuse to avoid competition for cable boxes

May 16th at 8:34 PM

Comcast is using a lame excuse to avoid competition for cable boxes

Cable boxes are one of the biggest money sucks in pay TV (and when we’re talking about an industry that charges you money to watch ads, that’s a serious statement). The FCC has voted on a plan to open up the cable box market to competition, which would allow you to buy your own, technologically advanced box, rather than renting forever from your cable company.

Cable companies make $20 billion a year from rental fees, so would you like to guess how enthusiastic Comcast is about the new plan?

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How To Lower Your Phone And Internet Bills

The magic words you can use to lower your phone and internet bills

May 11th at 8:30 PM

The magic words you can use to lower your phone and internet bills

Would you like to pay less for your monthly phone and internet bills? Of course you would — but you shouldn’t assume the same tactics for negotiating lower bills will work across all different carriers and ISPs. Expert shopper Kyle James has written a post over at WiseBread that gives you the lowdown on different strategies to use at some of the major ISPs out there including Comcast, AT&T and Verizon. More →

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Comcast DreamWorks acquisition

Comcast’s NBCUniversal is acquiring DreamWorks for $3.8 billion

April 28th at 9:20 AM

Comcast’s NBCUniversal is acquiring DreamWorks for $3.8 billion

How many streaming DreamWorks movies does it take to eat through a Comcast data cap?

Following rumors that suggested a deal was imminent, Comcast-owned NBCUniversal has announced that it will acquire top animation studio DreamWorks for $41 a share. That figure represents a 27% premium over Wednesday’s close, and it works out to a total of roughly $3.8 billion. DreamWorks Animation will become part of Universal Pictures and will be lumped into the company’s Filmed Entertainment Group.

DreamWorks co-founder and CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg will become chairman of the newly formed entity, which will be called DreamWorks New Media moving forward. Katzenberg will also act as a consultant to NBCUniversal as part of the deal. More →

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Comcast Cord Cutting

Is Cord Cutting a problem? Apparently not for Comcast

April 27th at 5:54 PM

Is Cord Cutting a problem? Apparently not for Comcast

For years, it was widely assumed that the cable industry was in the midst of a transition. Blindsided by streaming services from the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, it was effectively taken as fact that cable companies were withering as more and more subscribers were opting to cut the cord.

Bolstering this narrative was ostensibly cold hard data. For instance, The Wall Street Journal last year relayed a study which claimed that the number of households with cable “will fall at an accelerating rate for at least the next four years…”

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Netflix users are paying the price for Comcast’s data caps

April 22nd at 8:55 AM

Netflix users are paying the price for Comcast’s data caps

As pretty much everyone who isn’t on Comcast’s payroll knows, its data caps aren’t about ensuring “fairness” but about slowing the growth of cord cuttersThe Wall Street Journal has a good new report that shows how much data caps are already making people think twice about how much they watch Netflix, and one user says he’s already cancelled Netflix because he doesn’t want to pay Comcast’s overage fees. More →

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