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I am going to whine a little here.  Most of us pay somewhere from $50.00 to $100.00+ a month for these services.  What do I get?  Annoying, frequent commercials for which they raise the volume, about 65% percent of channels for which I have no interest in, disturbing little pop ups in the corners marketing things, interruptions in the service; and poor customer service.  Ten channels of NBA? another ten of ESPN? I find this ridiculous.

Of course I can drop the service, but ...



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Ah, a pet peeve of mine also. I can't seem to stop my subscription though because I would miss what little I get from it.

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Well, one thing we could do, even if it sounds a little weird, is contact the advertisers and tell them we will definitely not buy their product, use their service,or whatever, because they despoil our paid television programming.

Of course, common sense shows this to be a silly move, particularly if it worked.  The TV providers would simply up their fees.



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Yankee Peddler wrote:

I am going to whine a little here.  Most of us pay somewhere from $50.00 to $100.00+ a month for these services.  What do I get?  Annoying, frequent commercials for which they raise the volume, about 65% percent of channels for which I have no interest in, disturbing little pop ups in the corners marketing things, interruptions in the service; and poor customer service.  Ten channels of NBA? another ten of ESPN? I find this ridiculous.

Of course I can drop the service, but ...


 I am seriously considering dripping DirecTV for that specific reson.  The only thing that has held me back so far is the music selections.  A DVR is a good addition.  You can record a program and then play it back, fast-forwarding through the ads.  Bright House provides my Net and phone.  I dropped AT&Terrible after a multitude of frustrations and incompetent customer service.  Their service is excellent and I get fast downloads, five times faster than AT&Terrible, at a lower cost.  I am seriously considering switching to cable TV feed as well.  BTW, AT&Terrible owns DirecTV.



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At one time, I had cable TV with Comcast, but I decided I needed all that money for car insurance and gas, plus their service was deplorable and they got nasty about it when I complained!!

First of all, if we have to pay for cable TV reception, from any outlet, WHY should we have to have any commercials??   There are a few channels that are commercial free, but still, they do waste a lot of time advertising their own channel and their programming!    Is that what you call 'user friendly?'

As I see it, ALL movies should be uninterrupted on any and all channels;  no more than 2 commercial interruptions of 60 seconds each, per hour long program; ALL sports should be on cable only, NO network programming should ever be displaced!!   Network TV should be for the best in entertainment (no trash) and news ONLY!!   If we have to pay for it, why shouldn't we have what we want????

That's just me, I can dream can't I??



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I have had Direct TV which I got rid of, because every time any storm clouds went over I lost my signal, which is very frustrating when the movie is 3/4 over. Otherwise I had no issues with the company.

I have had Charter. They were more expensive than Direct TV at the time I switched, but I gave them a try. It semed like every other month the rates increased. When I needed service it was slow to say the best.

I now have Centurylink. The offerings are good, and the cost is in line with other providers. The thing I love about them is if there is a problem, it is resolved immediately.

One example of that is one Saturday my cable went down. I called in and left a message, expecting them to show up on Monday at best. Within a short time a got called back and they sent a technician over at 5:30 on a Saturday afternoon. (That impressed me.) The technician was a friendly gal and we had a nice chat while she did her work.

I would recommend them to anyone.



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I have DirectTV and am very pleased with the customer service; live- one-on-one type. I would not have cable if it were free. In Houston the service is horrible when there is a problem so never again. I also have no use for commercials but what can you do. I have the NFL spots package and can never part with it. So it is what it is.

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When it comes to satellite TV one thing is important to remember.

The TV satellite is in geo-stationary orbit above the equator, so the further north you are, the further the signal has to travel to reach the ground. That means if you have storm clouds in the air the signal has to travel through more clouds to get to you than if you were closer to the equator, thus making your viewing more difficult.

I was told this by a technician from Direct TV.



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I got rid of the land line and only have cell phone. (I'm hoping AMAC gets an agreement with Consumer Cellular similar to AARP's.) I also have only Internet service through the local cable company, and they can't contact me on my disconnected land line to try to sell me more. I use local TV stations and Netflix for my entertainment viewing pleasure - and will chop Netflix if they don't quit raising their rates (but so far, they have given me EXCELLENT service on their DVDs by mail). My needs - not every "want" - are being met for about $150 a month less now and I have the "feeling" of being more in control through the changes I have made.

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I have direct TV and I am OK with it but I have to have it for the NFL package. I also have digital reception and the Houston, Texas channel line up is far from great. I have a very food antenna and pick up 67 channels. Most of the channels are spanish with some vietnamese. There are christian channels as well. My point here is with out cael or satellite reception the channel choice in this area stinks. Also, Houston switched to all digital reception and even with this expensive antenna I still have to move it around when I want to watch another channel sometimes. The reception is also sometime not so good as it "tiles" sometimes. It is a shame we have to pay for television nowdays and the proices are hideous. I grew up with a twelve inch RCA that never broke. I think we held on to that set for 10-12 years. That is back when you had to actually change channels by hand!!

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The only reason I have Direct TV is because of Fox News, I subscribed to Encore because of the Western Channel but after a year or two had seen them all so all they do is repeat the movies. But, I did go to Ebay and buy a couple of DVDs of Gunsmoke (full seasons) and I think I'll cancel Encore, the other movies are R rated and trash.

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We have Cox cable here in Oklahoma City. We don't have any issues with the service, but the price could go down a lot, and I wouldn't complain. There are a lot of the channels I never watch, but I have requested that they add the Blaze network, and it hasn't been added yet. I am going to call one more time this week. Maybe they will get tired of me calling and will add it.lol

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This works great for expats, not sure for land based USA - www.ustvnow.com = $29 per Month



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We use Comcast for INTERNET only; and AIR ANTENNAE and ROKU for TV services.

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