Comcast Cable Box

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

By on May 16, 2016 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

By on May 11, 2016 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

By on April 28, 2016 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

By on April 27, 2016 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

By on April 22, 2016 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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Netflix ISP Speed Index

Where does yours rank on Netflix’s list of best and worst ISPs?

By on April 13, 2016 at 2:01 PM.

Where does yours rank on Netflix’s list of best and worst ISPs?

You pay a ridiculous amount of cash each month for internet service. Are you really getting your money’s worth? Internet service providers love to advertise lightning-fast speeds but unfortunately, but customers rarely see speeds anywhere near as fast as their plan advertises. There are a number of reasons for the discrepancy, including poor Wi-Fi connections (be sure to check out our tips for improving your home Wi-Fi network) and slow speeds at the servers that store the content you’re trying to download. You might have 100Mbps internet, but you’ll never see speeds that fast when you’re trying to download huge files.

With that out of the way, ISP connections to your home and interconnections elsewhere indeed have a big impact on the internet speeds you experience, and Netflix has been raking ISPs in the United States for some time now. The streaming media provider just updated its rankings with new data as of March 2016, and now it’s time to see how your ISP compares to the rest. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

The most epic Comcast service disaster ever

By on March 17, 2016 at 4:04 PM.

The most epic Comcast service disaster ever

I’ve seen a lot of tragicomic Comcast customer service disaster stories over the years, which isn’t surprising considering America’s favorite cable company generates more FCC complaints than AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner Cable combined. Given this, you would think that I’d be a grizzled, cynical person who is incapable of being surprised by anything Comcast does.

But you’d be wrong.

Ars Technica reports that a Silicon Valley tech startup called SmartCar last year tried signing up for Comcast service. Since then, the young company has received no Internet service from Comcast… but it did receive a bill from Comcast for $60,000! More →

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AT&T Comcast Tennessee Municipal Broadband

AT&T and Comcast lobby to kill more competition in Tennessee

By on March 16, 2016 at 9:15 PM.

AT&T and Comcast lobby to kill more competition in Tennessee

You know what incumbent Internet service providers don’t like? That’s right: Competition. They especially don’t like it when that competition comes in the form of government-funded municipal broadband projects like the one that’s been a big success in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The good news for incumbent ISPs about such municipal broadband projects, however, is they can be constrained or shut down with the help of effective lobbying operations.

In case you don’t know, Comcast and AT&T have very effective lobbying operations. More →

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Google Fiber Vs Comcast Atlanta

Comcast’s 1Gbps Google Fiber rival launches in Atlanta, with a big catch

By on March 15, 2016 at 7:15 PM.

Comcast’s 1Gbps Google Fiber rival launches in Atlanta, with a big catch

With Google Fiber headed to Atlanta this year, Comcast realizes that it has to step up its game. And now it’s beat Google Fiber to the punch by announcing its own 1Gbps Internet service that is now live in certain trial markets in Atlanta.

This being Comcast, however, there are some inevitable catches.

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Comcast Vs Google Fiber Atlanta

Comcast’s pitiful campaign to stop you from switching to Google Fiber

By on February 11, 2016 at 8:20 AM.

Comcast’s pitiful campaign to stop you from switching to Google Fiber

Google Fiber isn’t available in a lot of markets yet but that apparently hasn’t stopped Comcast from preemptively freaking out about it. Reddit user TheBen91, who lives in future Google Fiber city Atlanta, this week posted a flier he received from Comcast that told him to not “fall for the hype” about Google Fiber and to stick with Comcast instead. In short, the flier is so hilariously pitiful that I almost feel bad for Comcast just looking at it.

Almost.

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Fed up by slow Internet service, Comcast customer finds an ingenious way to fight back

By on February 1, 2016 at 8:40 PM.

Fed up by slow Internet service, Comcast customer finds an ingenious way to fight back

If you’ve got the skills to pull it off, there’s a very simple thing you can do to simultaneously shame and troll your ISP for your underperforming Internet service. At least one Comcast customer has pulled off a brilliant scheme that works by setting up a Raspberry Pi bot that automatically tweets at Comcast whenever Internet speeds are far below what’s promised in the contract. More →

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Cable Box For TV

The biggest scam in pay TV might soon come to an end, and we’ll all save money

By on January 29, 2016 at 2:12 PM.

The biggest scam in pay TV might soon come to an end, and we’ll all save money

Cable industry lobbyists who represent big names like Comcast and Time Warner Cable are furious right now, which obviously means Washington is cooking something up that stands to benefit consumers rather than help big cable line cable companies’ pockets. Last time lobbyists were this angry, the Federal Communication Commission ended up passing new net neutrality laws. This time around, the FCC may end up tackling one of the biggest scams in pay TV. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Comcast’s ridiculous explanation for why it wants to limit your Netflix binges

By on January 29, 2016 at 9:39 AM.

Comcast’s ridiculous explanation for why it wants to limit your Netflix binges

In case you don’t know, Comcast is starting to get more aggressive in rolling out its data caps across the country. Many of its customers have complained loudly about the unfairness of these data caps despite the fact that Comcast insists they’re all about “fairness.” In a new Bloomberg article about Comcast’s data caps, the company tries to explain why these caps are really about fairness to its customers, although in reality this justification is a giant pile of nonsense. More →

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