Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Damn, Comcast

After much deliberation, hours of research, and several phone calls, I've decided to stay with Comcast. Basically, I found out that the other companies (DirectTV, Dish Network) won't be significantly cheaper. They tease you with flashing ads for $29.99 service, but then you look at what channels they offer at that price, and let me tell you, there's no TLC (read: no J&K+8). And you all know how much I love my Jon & Kate. There is also no HGTV, no Comedy Central, and no MTV (granted, I can watch The Hills online too, but still. PS-OMG thnew season 3 trailer. wow.). DirectTV has the same deal as Comcast, where it's approximately $35 a month for the first 12 months, and then goes up to $50something after that -- but do I really want to switch providers every year? I don't think so.

As it turns out, cable on another provider isn't actually the great deal it might appear to be. Cable is just expensive. That's just how it is. So I might as well stick with the monopolizer I'm already with. The last guy I talked to on the phone said that they couldn't give me a discount because I'm just coming off of a 12 month promotion, and they can't apply one discount after another. The suggestions on this site (see other site here as well) suggest though, that maybe if I try again in a few months, I'll get lucky.

As for internet, Google will reimburse me for my internet anyway, so the fact that it's going up really isn't that bad. I just have to fill out a new reimbursement form. Yeah. I'm spoiled. I know. All in all, it's going to be another $23.99 a month to keep Comcast, and I'm just going to suck it up and pay for it - and then call them in a couple of months to ask for another discount and see what happens. I just don't want to deal with switching. It's such a pain in the ass, and good lord, I am bad with technology as it is. I've finally achieved a sustainable sort of balance with the technology in my apartment; everything (generally) works, and I don't want to mess with it.

Ok, Comcast. You win. I'll pay your "regular" fees, but I won't be happy about it.

1 comment:

  1. do any of your favorite shows have webisodes? that's how i get my tv these days--i don't even worry with the television part. its all-in-one!

    typically it is a small window, yes, but i guess that's the trade-off. i prefer it--mainly because i don't have any room in my cell for a tv. a crappy old laptop does me fine.

    ("cell" is a better word for my housing than "quarters" or "stateroom" which imply, respectively, that i'm an active-duty lieutenant or i'm a wealthy passenger on a cruise liner. it has more storage space than a cell, but c'mon.)