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Digital TV. Complaint - My petty complaint of the forced DTV and cable companies

Review by knightoftheword on 2009-06-18
I was prepared for the Digital switch in February; I had already gotten the box and attenna. Not having cable, I knew I was only going to get a few channels. That is perfectly okay with me. Then, the transition happened...
My fiance installed everything as instructed and we ended up with 6 channels instead of 3! Yeah! Or so I thought. The channels come in clear when they want to but when they rebel, they come in like a broken record on T. V. So, I thought, I have a decent job, I could probably afFord basic cable. I called several cable companies only to find out the only ONE of the cable companies services the area in which I live. I did further research to find out prices and the company that services my area (a fairly poor neighborhood) is the MOST expensive. Basic cable would end up costing me over $60 a month. Then I saw a commercial for AT&T and called them to see what they could do (since I already had an account for them). They told me they could get me DTV for $39.99 a month for over 200 channels. Sounds good, right? Nope. They happened to mention plus taxes and fees. I asked them what the fees were and they said they were unable to tell me that. I then asked if they could send me all the information, pricing, taxes, and fees to me in the mail. They said they could not do that either, maybe I could look up online. So I did, only to find out that their programs start at $49.99 a month but only if you have a home phone. I had already told them over the phone that all I have is a cell phone and that wasn't a problem when they thought they were going to make a sale. To me, DTV may be great for those who can afFord it, but for me it is just a waste. Oh, well, perhaps I can now find better ways of spending my time than watching T. V.
Comments:7 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-06-18
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-18:
DTV in our area is also a total bust. The channells that we can get with an outdoor antenna are few. The ones we can get often break up and disappear. Analog TV was much better because if reception was not good, you could still see the picture and hear the sound with just a little snow. We were sold a bad lot of goods. Bad Boy FCC!!!!
Posted by MRM on 2009-06-18:
Darn right, SloMo. I wish they havent made the transition at all. But when the digital picture is stable, it is certainly very clear compared to analog.
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2009-06-18:
After all is said and done DTV will prove to be far better than the analog. As with any new technology some kinks must be worked out. Radiation patterns for OTA signal may require adjustment.
Posted by MRM on 2009-06-18:
I look forward to a stable digital tv. I want my free tv! Cable... who needs them.
Posted by knightoftheword on 2009-06-18:
Good point tnchuck100, however had they made the switch back in February has originally planned, perhaps the kinks would be closer to be worked out by now.
Posted by knightoftheword on 2009-06-18:
MRM, I was excited to have six very clear channels. That lasted for less than 24 hours. I have been without cable for close to eight years now, but I just want my 3 channels back. I guess that's too much to ask for now.
Posted by dan gordon on 2009-06-18:
I got a lot of help from solidsignal.com. There are stations I can't get with the box but they explained that you may need another type of antenna. If you live behind a hill or whatever you may not have any signal. Also some local tv stations here are advertising that they are changing equiptment to help areas with poor coverage. Did you rescan using the remote after the conversion. This is very important to do. Most cable companies have been offering a very basic cable pkg for $20 or less. Ask as they don't always advertise the lowest rates.

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