Monthly archives: March, 2015

Let’s Change the Rules for Cable

When I decided that I needed to change television providers, I realized that I only had a limited number of options available to me. I was surprised by how restricted things had become in this industry but luckily I was able to find Direct TV in New York – you would have thought that might be more in New York of all places but unfortunately a handful of companies have done everything that they can in order to take control over the industry. In every case that this has happened in the history of any industry, bad things have followed suit.

Unfortunately, the time where Congress was able to make meaningful changes has long passed and we now face a time where Congress is nothing but lawmakers for those that put money in their pocket. The time of the politician appears to be over as we now have only corporate shills who are the beck and call of lobbying groups. It’s absurd that our country has reached this point in time but I hope that it wont always be the case – even if that future is looking pretty grim, I still hold out that the FCC will do something, anything, about their abuse of the industry.

They don’t even compete against each other. When they do exist in the same market together, which is rare, they do no competing. This should be illegal. If they exist as competition, they should not be allowed to collude together. They have to provide different prices and options rather than merely offering nearly the exact same kinds of services for the exact same prices. This has to change as we the consumers are the ones who are being taken advantage of and it is our money that is coming out of our pockets every time we pay the bill!

Tired of Cable, Going to Direct TV

I think that most people know that the customer service departments of cable companies tend to be a bit incompetent. I know that is the case with my local cable company. But things have gotten worse recently, and I have had a couple of situations where I called the company and then had customer service representatives talk down to me. I think that is extremely reprehensible. So I have decided to switch to Directv in the interests of getting better service, and maybe a better deal too.

I have never really explored what is available with Direct TV before but it is seems pretty obvious that they have a lot of different options, just from what I have seen so far. That is interesting to me, because I do like having options, and I feel that the more options I have, the more likely it is that I will be able to find a service that is the right match for me, and what I am expecting out of a television service.

So I have already canceled my cable service, and I returned their box to them. I thought about dropping it on the ground before returning it, but I figured they would probably send me a bill, if it did not work, when I returned it. So I thought better of that spiteful act. Anyway, as I have already returned my box to the store, I do not have any television right now. My kids are complaining about that, and I am going to have to do something to try to remedy the situation. I am tired of hearing their complaints, but it is not like they do not have anything else to do other than to sit around and watch television shows. I mean they have tablets and such.