Cable Television Providers Informative - The Great American Television Ripoff - Do The Math!!!
PENNSYLVANIA -- In Oct 2007 I found out by accident what many are just now finding out... the cable industry (Comcast is my local provider) has designed a strategy that will create windfall profits only paralleled by the gas companies.
What I found out that October was that the lower channel (1-99) were going to trimmed to only a few channels. The reason? So that every single TV would need a $8 converter box to get the "enhanced" service.
My response was immediate. I wrote an email to all my friends and included my local Congressman and Senator. The silence was deafening EXCEPT for Comcast. I received a call from a very nice women from the corporate office and to make a long story short confirmed the plan. Not a single newspaper or consumer advocate cared.
So aside from a TERRIBLE remote, slow responding cable box, price increases (3x last year alone?) lets just do the simple math... maybe you'll begin to see (and do something about)just how you're about to see a BIG % increase in your cable bills :
$10 Cost to manufacture (non-hi def) cable box
$8 MONTHLY RENTAL FEE OF THAT BOX
3 AVERAGE NUMBER OF TELEVISION PER HOUSEHOLD
23,000,000 Comcast cable customers
multiplied by $24 PER MONTH - EVERY MONTH
$552,000,000 MONTHLY WINDFALL TO COMCAST.
$6.5 BILLION A YEAR
If I could afford it I might buy their stock.
Oh well - already learned my lesson there - the little guy takes the risk and loses, the big guy gets rich and walks away.