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‘A Soup of Misery’: Over Half of People Say They’d Abandon Their Cable Company, if Only They Could
Washington Post ^ | Brian Fung

Posted on 06/06/2014 4:19:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Frustrated with rising prices? Check. Keep getting hit with more fees and charges? Check. You're paying for more channels than you'd ever want to watch? Check.

These are just a handful of the most common complaints consumers have when it comes to grappling with cable companies. And it's not just anecdotal: A survey of subscribers on the nation's biggest cable providers has found that more than half of Americans would abandon their cable provider if they felt they could. Cable rage is real, and here's the data to prove it.

Fifty-three percent of respondents to a recent survey said they'd leave their current cable company — if they had a choice. But as many as 70 percent said their options are too limited, according to the study by consulting group cg42.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: business; cable; predator; scum; soup; television; vermin; worst
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1 posted on 06/06/2014 4:19:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
what is this cable of which you speak???
2 posted on 06/06/2014 4:21:41 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: nickcarraway

Cut the cord.


3 posted on 06/06/2014 4:21:52 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t have cable.

What am I missing?


4 posted on 06/06/2014 4:22:50 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: nickcarraway

Done >10yrs ago.


5 posted on 06/06/2014 4:26:27 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

There’s always choice.

Stop paying stupid quantities of money for cable or satellite.

You won’t miss it. The only reason most people do it is some kind of silly societal expectation or measure of success. “I have cable, I must be doing well.”

Time to view it another way... “I don’t have cable. I know better than to be ripped off.”

$70 a month is $840 a year. And many pay a lot more than that for multiple boxes and premium channels.

How much content can you pay per view, rent or BUY in the form of movies or season box sets for that kind of money? Answer: More than you can watch.


6 posted on 06/06/2014 4:28:28 PM PDT by Advil000
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To: nickcarraway

Never was an option in my neck of the woods.

Bought and buried 200 feet of coax when my underground untility feed was dug 22 years ago and there it still lies....waiting.

DirectTV came first.


7 posted on 06/06/2014 4:28:48 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: nickcarraway
All they have to do is cancel it.
8 posted on 06/06/2014 4:28:59 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
I don’t have cable. What am I missing?

In my case a decent internet connection. My phone connection was like a string and two cans.

9 posted on 06/06/2014 4:29:31 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: nickcarraway

The garbage company, too.


10 posted on 06/06/2014 4:30:19 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Hail Obambi, our Deer Leader)
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To: Advil000

One should be BLOATing at $70/mo.


11 posted on 06/06/2014 4:34:38 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

Kill tha tee-vee! What are these people smoking that they think they don’t have a choice?


12 posted on 06/06/2014 4:35:07 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: nickcarraway

I want channel by channel choice.I have 400 channels,only a dozen of which I watch.


13 posted on 06/06/2014 4:35:44 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

nothing.


14 posted on 06/06/2014 4:37:15 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: Starstruck

Exactly. Fortunately, the internet service is a legitimate work expense for me so my company covers part of the bill.


15 posted on 06/06/2014 4:40:41 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: nickcarraway

I can’t get cable where I live. The choices are Dish, DirecTV, and digital broadcast. Hard times hit in 2009. I got rid of satellite since it had hundreds of channels I wasn’t watching anyway. Once things improved, I never saw the need to get it back.


16 posted on 06/06/2014 4:47:36 PM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: nickcarraway
I fired them 5 years ago for showing girls gone wild ads in the middle of a decent show. Didn't need my kids seeing that.
17 posted on 06/06/2014 4:48:09 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (GOP = The Whig Party)
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To: nickcarraway

We are cable free since January.


18 posted on 06/06/2014 4:50:17 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Settled science.)
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To: nickcarraway

I canceled my cable when TWC signed me up for something that wouldn’t even support streaming DESPITE ME MAKING THAT FIRST AND FOREMOST IN MY ORDER.

When I called to cancel, I got connected to some high pressure hick salesman, who wasted an hour of my life trying to convice me I was making a big mistake. Then it took another 20 min to be connected to someone to cancel my cable. THEN it took 45 minutes on hold with billing to get my deposit refunded- which I have to wait 2 weeks to get back..

I bought an HD TV antennae and get 21 FREE channels with shows like the original Star Trek, Emergency, Cannon, the Rockford Files, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, The Fugitive, Maude, All in the Family, I Love Lucy, The Donna Reed Show, The Rifleman, MASH and my favorite, WKRP in Cincinnati. I love them all and I am always laughing at the innocent humor from back then.

Best of all, there is no narcissistic a-hole hogging my screen.


19 posted on 06/06/2014 5:00:00 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: nickcarraway

Cable these days is nothing more than good clear commercials delivered to and paid for by the consumer.

The amount of content now is less than 50% of program time, commercials fill the rest.


20 posted on 06/06/2014 5:00:14 PM PDT by wrench
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To: nickcarraway

Just drop it. You won’t miss it.


21 posted on 06/06/2014 5:02:36 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Advil000

Couldn’t get on FR without my cable Internet.


22 posted on 06/06/2014 5:03:03 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: nickcarraway

You can abandon it. It’s easier than you think!! Just do it and reclaim your life. Cut the cord!!

KK -> Cable free since 2012. $5K richer. 25.000 fewer commercials (Mr Kitty’s estimate)


23 posted on 06/06/2014 5:05:36 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: nickcarraway

About 9 years ago I did one of those trials for cable, and something that amazed me was seeing the movie, or show behind a permanent ad/logo for the network, I couldn’t believe it.

It would be Western or a Space movie, with an ad in front of it, they would also run small scroll ads during the show, and then every 6 or 7 minutes there would be full advertisement breaks.

I don’t see how people can deal with all that, I do realize that it is conditioning, that is why after being away from TV, one loses the ability to enjoy it or tolerate it.

Watching TV is largely a conditioned habit, and I think a strong one for most people.


24 posted on 06/06/2014 5:17:48 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: nickcarraway

Just give me the channels I want — stop stuffing my channel selector with CRAP!

TV should be PRO-CHOICE!!!


25 posted on 06/06/2014 5:19:36 PM PDT by workerbee (`)
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To: nickcarraway

This is a great GOP conservative issue. Most of the trouble is from Democrats. Chop, chop, chop and make it an issue in the fall.


26 posted on 06/06/2014 5:29:15 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: nickcarraway

I had cable way back in the 1970s. Since I was paying for it I felt obligated to watch it, even if the program wasn’t very interesting. After six months or so I got tired of banging my head against the wall and cancelled it. Haven’t had it since.

Now I don’t watch TV at all. Last TV I watched was Sarah accepting VP in 2008. Now I’m annoyed if I go into a restaurant and they have the TV turned up so loud you can’t have a decent conversation. Rant off./


27 posted on 06/06/2014 5:32:23 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: upchuck

Of course they can abandon the cable company, it is not mandatory by law that you have cable.


28 posted on 06/06/2014 5:35:57 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: nickcarraway
I just joined the the Cut the Cord club and couldn't be happier. Between Off Air channels and Roku I get more than enough content. I am content to know that $100-150 per month is not going to support a gang of buffoons, shysters and criminals.
29 posted on 06/06/2014 5:37:45 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: nickcarraway

Cut the cord.

I did it a year and a half ago and haven’t missed it a bit. Now, I have time to sit on my couch all night with my laptop. :)


30 posted on 06/06/2014 5:40:11 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: wrench
commercials fill the rest.

Do you remember when the idea of paying for cable TV was that you wouldn't get commercials?
31 posted on 06/06/2014 5:40:57 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: nickcarraway
Back in the early 1990's, there was an outcry about Cable Companies charging too much for cable. Congress got into the act to regulate Cable Costs. Needless to say, Cable costs skyrocketed after that.

Before, you could get Basic Cable for $12-24/month, with any extras (HBO, Showtime, Cinemax) being $12/month extra each.

NOW, you have "al la carte menus", "special tiers", etc. So, not only is it expensive, but confusing as well.

I had a friend who worked as a Customer Service representative for Comcast....for one month. He said that after 30 days, his nerves were shot from all the people cussing him out.

32 posted on 06/06/2014 5:50:13 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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turn on the tube, watch until dawn
one hundred channels, nothing is on
endless commercials, endless commercials, endless commercials

the whole world's glued to the cable TV
it looks so real on the big LCD
murder and violence are rated PG, too bad for the children
they are what they see

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- Joe Walsh, Analog Man

33 posted on 06/06/2014 5:55:46 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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"if Only They Could"

Their heirarchy of needs is funny--entertainment in itself for those who don't have or want such needs.


34 posted on 06/06/2014 5:59:46 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Do you remember when the idea of paying for cable TV was that you wouldn't get commercials?

Yeah, it didn't take them long to discard that sales pitch. Digital satellite radio tossed the same lie out there at first, too. At least the ads there are still relatively sparse.

I miss seeing the local stations "sign off" at 2:00 a.m. or so, with the National Anthem and images of F-16s and fluttering flags. Last saw that around the time that Reagan left office.

35 posted on 06/06/2014 6:00:33 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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Not only did I cut off the cable, but have stopped all TV in the house.

Years ago. My family and I don’t miss it at all.


36 posted on 06/06/2014 6:00:35 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: nickcarraway

I live in an area where there’s virtually no such thing as non-cable TV because the reception’s so bad due to the terrain. I WISH I could dump my cable, but there’d be no TV otherwise. So now I pay around $162/month for basic cable, a few of the non-premium channels, most of which I don’t watch, and cable internet and digital phone. If there were any way around it, I’d be on it in a heartbeat.


37 posted on 06/06/2014 6:00:56 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (It is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.)
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To: Advil000
hit the $5 bin at WalMart and come away with (usually) at least one, multi-movie DVD.

Picked up a 4 disc, 17 movies DVD the other day of war movies ... some older b&w, some color.

38 posted on 06/06/2014 6:08:47 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: nickcarraway

Defund the left. Cancel your cable.


39 posted on 06/06/2014 6:09:07 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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Just got rid of Brighthouse internet and landline and Dish TV. total was about $200/mo. Got AT and T Uverse does all 3, for $139. when I called Dish, rep said she would take my $90 bill down to $65, when I said no, she said she would take it down 12.50/ mo more. Final offer was $50/mo after tax and fees. I still said no. They should have offered before. If you are paying a lot tell em you want a discount NOW, see if they play ball


40 posted on 06/06/2014 6:17:18 PM PDT by shuck and yall (if you ain't offended, you aint payin' attention)
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I resent being forced to pay for 400 liberal channels I don’t want... I would pay NOT to have them...


41 posted on 06/06/2014 6:19:40 PM PDT by GOPJ (https://www.projectveritas.com/home/)
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To: Fast Moving Angel

I live in a similar area and there is no cable to the rural homes. We cut off DirecTV in 2008. We only watched DVDs from Netflix for about a year. Then we got a Roku. We only have DSL, but it is fine. If a lot of people are using bandwidth, we might have a reloading problem, but it isn’t all that often. We now pay under $17/month for 1 DVD at a time and unlimited streaming. We no longer go to movie theaters because I find them uncomfortable due to some slight vertigo and some slight hearing problems. So, we wait and watch at home.

We do have cell reception and we retain a non-mobile landline for power outages. Internet is DSL and I have no problems. I sometimes watch current shows on my monitor via Hulu Free. They have a streaming service, but it has commercials, so I won’t pay for it.

If we like a show, we do an entire season as a marathon. If it’s only on DVD, we watch the entire disc in 1-2 nights. I can have closed captions and the small screen doesn’t aggravate the vertigo, so I can watch the action and FX films I can’t watch on the big screen w/o becoming ill.

NO COMMERCIALS! EVER!!!! No ghostly little icons. No little puppet shows below the screen pitching the next show up. No FNC blaring ALERT! ALERT! over nothing at all. We have a weather phone for emergencies and dangerous weather. I won’t ever go back.


42 posted on 06/06/2014 6:28:44 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Advil000

I install directv. Dont watch tv often.


43 posted on 06/06/2014 6:52:33 PM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter (Patriots eneeded!)
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To: reformedliberal
Sounds like a great arrangement. I've thought about DSL and it might work, but as to the TV, I pretty much use it to fall asleep (yup, the producers, I'm sure, would LOVE to hear that ;-) ), and my computer is in another room.

Maybe the thing to do is pressure the cable companies to do "ala carte" pricing. Most channels out there are garbage -- there's only 6 or 8 that I watch (before falling asleep), even though I have to pay for somewhere around 40. I'd much rather pay for a select few that I watch.

44 posted on 06/06/2014 7:01:06 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (It is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.)
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To: Chode

I guess it’s something you hang your clothes on to dry?

Never seen much need for hundreds of channels of commercials and leftprop. Especially given that they don’t pay you to watch it.


45 posted on 06/06/2014 7:15:06 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Be a part of the American freedom migration: freestateproject.org)
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To: MuttTheHoople

“Congress got into the act to regulate Cable Costs. Needless to say, Cable costs skyrocketed after that.”

Do you mean the FCC? They have no regulatory power over cable whatsoever.

The cable companies are happy for you to think it’s the fault of Congress.

Cable companies charge exactly the rates they negotiate with your city. If your city threatened to fire them and hand the franchise over to another provider, your rates would drop. You might even get pay-per-channel, although that’s a fight the cable companies need to have with the cable networks — they’re the ones who insist on “bundling.” Again, not Congress. They make more money with bundling.

But city managers are either timid or stupid, and sometimes both. They don’t have the wherewithal to negotiate deals favorable to their constituents with large entertainment companies. And they could get much better deals than they’ve got in most cities.


46 posted on 06/06/2014 7:24:54 PM PDT by Blue Ink
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To: RKBA Democrat
I guess it’s something you hang your clothes on to dry?

yup... in summer i hang them outside, in winter by the coal stove, i gave up TV in 1999 and never looked back

if i can't find it on the net for free, i don't watch it

47 posted on 06/06/2014 8:41:38 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: nickcarraway

Try http://www.watchseries.lt
That is Lt at the end. Many current shows in 720 hd along with all the old shows you can think of.

Or http://www.voozy.tv
Many video sites. Kinda like Roku but using your pc or tablet.

Just get the internet only. My sister just did for $30 for 1 year in Minnesota from comcast.

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note tablet (holds 64gb sd card + 16gb internal) which has a IR blaster so it can be used as a remote control. Using The “Video Player” app they have, you start to watch your shows from the web browser and then press a button and it goes to your wifi enabled tv.

If you use Google Chromecast for yor tv ($35 to buy) it will use up 2 usb ports. For Chromecast you download their app on your pc and then go to any site using the google browser to watch a show then press their icon in the upper right corner to put it on your big tv. The app is not available yet for android tablets.


48 posted on 06/06/2014 8:51:06 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Advil000

I install directv. Dont watch tv often.


49 posted on 06/07/2014 12:18:08 AM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter (Patriots eneeded!)
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To: nickcarraway
Consumers always have choices. Cancel the damned thing and read a book -- or if you really can only focus long enough to watch TV, rent a DVD. Whiners.

I'm sick of 'em.

50 posted on 06/07/2014 3:38:17 AM PDT by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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