Comcast cable TV costs called into question in Eagan

  • Article by: Laurie Blake , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 23, 2013 - 3:16 PM

The city has no authority to regulate Comcast cable rates after a 2011 Federal Communications Commission ruling in the company’s favor.

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HeadedNorthFeb. 23, 13 3:46 PM

Comcast has become the master of a bait and switch operation. Last month I called in regard to my bill and was promised a $10 a month discount. My bill came and it was $10 higher, not lower. I called and was told too bad, "you did not talk to me" the last time I called. I was told I did not understand their special pricing rates and promotions, etc. After years and years with Comcast I am going to make a change simply due to the billing issues. Too bad, I like the service.

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WagarFeb. 23, 13 4:15 PM

Comcast's rates are outrageous! But I guess we have to pay more for their acquisition of NBC. They are building an empire and need to squeeze the last penny we have, which should be spent on groceries. People in my building are petitioning landlord to allow dishes. Down with Comcast!!

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touch128Feb. 23, 1311:55 PM

Remember when cable T V came out long ago. Comcast knew they could corner the market when there was no regulation to stop it. Well they are doing just that. E Mail your congressmen. It is time we put a stop to the cable industry.

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barbjensFeb. 24, 13 8:21 AM

I switched to DirectTV about 6-7 years ago. I was tired of their service and not getting the the attention to my complaints. I would lose service because of "some accident" miles away from me, etc, etc. People say they would not have "dish" TV because they would not get it during the weather, etc. I may not get TV because of heavy snow or clouds building up during storms but it is not very often. I would not go back to Comcast no matter what but I still get their mailings as they try to get my business.

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mdcastleFeb. 24, 13 8:36 PM

What's outragious is at the prices Comcast charges that we don't have fiber to the premises offered to every single home in the Twin Cities. But I'm still captive to them. I don't want my TV service to go out every time it rains or snows, although it still has a habit of going out in the spring thaw when cable to my house gets water in it.

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mattaudioFeb. 25, 1312:33 PM

Get an antenna and ditch cable. We're saving a thousand dollars a year doing just that.

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mdcastleFeb. 25, 13 2:12 PM

I had an antenna, but I'd rather pay a thousand dollars a year to get 150 channels than stick to 2,4,5,9, and 11 for free. I watch TV while at work and it's pretty rare now to find "nothing on". Another thing I thought of- besides being greedy, now that Comcast is turning off the last of the analogs more people are going to want those cheesy DTAs (which don't even have a regular composite video out, much less S-video or component. I imagine a lot of people got them when the higher analogs were shut off, but have since gotten rid of their old tube TV in the basement but didn't bother to turn in the box because it was "free". If people start returning them Comcast doesn't have to buy more new ones this spring.

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jimmywestoneFeb. 26, 13 7:38 PM

comcast is the devil

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frankfurterFeb. 26, 13 8:07 PM

"I had an antenna, but I'd rather pay a thousand dollars a year to get 150 channels than stick to 2,4,5,9, and 11 for free." If you live in the metro area, you'll get a lot more than five free channels (more like 30), now that the signal has switched to digital. Unless you're a die-hard sports fan, cable TV is pretty worthless these days. Marathons of reruns of shows you just saw a week ago and the bulk of the channels are all duplicates of each other. And you also get the opportunity to pay for the channels that you can get for free via antenna. Streaming media is the way to go...watch what you want, when you want it. And no ten minute commercial breaks. Cable TV is a joke. I haven't had it for 15 years and do not miss it one bit.

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mattaudioFeb. 27, 1311:16 AM

The reason why Comcast started using the DTAs is because they no longer disconnect or install RF traps on the signal into homes. With the DTAs, they no longer have to spend the money on truck rolls to send someone out... instead, they just provision your DTA from the office. Thus, they no longer include channels they pay for on your line. Seems like a common sense approach, and one which should be within the bounds of franchise authority, is to require EITHER A) Broadcast all former analog tier channels on Clear QAM so they can be tuned by any HDTV, and thus Comcast would have to continue with truck rolls and RF traps... or B) Comcast must provide 2 bundled DTAs as part of any tier of cable service that includes encrypted channels. Let Comcast choose, but don't let them charge a fee to receive something that used to be included.

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