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IPTV Providers Battle For Cable Subscribers

The single biggest change in the history of television is happening right now with the convergence of internet and television finally putting you, the viewer, in the box seat with more choice and serious savings over current cable offerings. Japan and Asia are leading the charge with 40% of subscribers expected to adopt internet based television (WWITV) as their primary source by 2015. The US is not far behind with Netflix, Hulu, Apple and Google TV already attracting thousands of subscribers fleeing the high costs of cable and searching for new content.

As we all feel the pain of rapidly rising cable costs, especially from Comcast who tend to be at the higher end of the scale, industry experts expect prices to rise even further as cancellations increase and providers attempt to maintain revenues. This could be a good time to see if you can cut the cable and still have a great viewing experience with Internet Protocol Television or IPTV.

Internet television manufacturers like Sony, Samsung and LG are busy doing content deals from Hollywood to Bollywood and together with Disney, BBC, ABC and many others we are looking at tens of thousands of options when it comes to your viewing pleasure. A combination of free content and paid premium content like sport is available with smaller private content aggregators keen to get in on the act with more specialised and ethnic programming.

Unlike Cable TV which is sold and delivered in packages, IPTV allows you to target and pay (unless they are free of course) for specific programs so you get the cream of the crop without the duds. TV through Internet looks like the future but you will need a fast internet connection so it may not be suitable for everyone. Here is a list of just a few of the major players in IPTV in no particular order;

ABC – iview targeted at mobile platforms like tablets and smart-phones for Media to go.

HULU

BBC – iplayer

Samsung – Internet TV

LG – Internet TV

Sony – Internet TV

Google TV

Fetch TV

Netflix

Apple TV

It Takes the City to Spark Change

So, it seems the only way for Comcast customers to be heard is not, as we hear time and time again, to call the customer service helpdesk, but to get the whole town involved! Savannah City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney and Alderman Tony Thomas are holding townhall meetings to hear the complaints raised by Comcast customers.

In mid-December, city officials asked residents to call the 311 help line with Comcast issues. Nearly 200 people called. Thomas says he received about 100 phone calls, too.

“We think this is a small percentage of people having problems,” said Bret Bell, the city’s director of public information.”

The hope is not to control the service but to bring other competitors into the downtown area.

Small-Toney also advised Comcast officials at a meeting Wednesday she was authorizing a request for proposals to see whether other franchises, including AT&T and Hargray, would provide services downtown. Comcast provides service only to a few isolated businesses north of Broughton Street, including City Hall, city officials said.

There’s something to be said about requiring the whole town to get involved in order to create change. Community involvement is great, but not when those involved are being held in a stranglehold by the only service provider in the area.

Read the full article here

Cut the Cord

Here’s something interesting. Business Insider says if you cut the cable cord and cancel your Comcast or cable services and invested the money you would have spent, you could make up to $4 million in a ROTH/IRA account.

Assuming you started paying for cable at age 23 and continued until you were 80, if the bill went up about $3.75 in today’s dollars, you’d spend about $53,865 over 57 years.

To see just how much you could earn by investing, visit http://www.businessinsider.com/want-to-get-4-million-richer-cut-the-cable-bill-now-2012-1

COMCASTBILLS Update

Due to the overwhelming traffic and number of frustrated Comcast customer inquiries we’ve been getting lately, we are exploring ways to reactivate this site.  
We understand and feel your pain and we’re going to be posting more ideas and solutions on how you can lower your bills, and find quality alternatives, in the near future.
Please bear with us we get back online. Risk free alternatives in the interim include:
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Comcast Would Rather Lose a $3,000 per Year Customer Over $200

This is a good one. I received this in my inbox the other day and it’s pretty unbelievable. This conversation was orignally posted on CraigsList, but I’ve copied it here for everyone to read and marvel at the craziness of this company.

A little background:

A Comcast customer contacts the online chat support after having received an email saying his account will be suspended or deleted. The conversation goes back and forth, and what it boils down to is that there is confusion in the Comcast system as to whether or not this customer has returned their old, outdated, $200 converter box.

He pays almost $3,000 per year to Comcast… You do the math.

Here goes:

Dumb Comcast conversation (Hollywood, FL)


Date: 2010-07-18, 1:35AM EDT


See how dumb Comcast is. Read this ridiculous conversation with a Comcast rep with their service department on line. Lose a $3000 per year subscriber over an old cable box from over 4 years ago being accused of not being returned.

Customer Edward_ has entered room

EDWARD>
Hello, I got an email message saying to contact you here or my email address will be suspended or deleted? I have a lot linked to this email address, it has been mine for almost 10 years. Please help me, I don’t understand what the problem is.

analyst Walter has entered room

Walter>
Hello Edward_, Thank you for contacting Comcast Live Chat Support. My name is Walter. Please give me one moment to review your information.

Walter>
Let me begin this conversation by letting you know how sorry I am for the trouble you are experiencing right now. I understand what you are going through and this has not been a simple inconvenience. To completely rectify this situation, as your Comcast service representative, I want you to know that issue resolution and your satisfaction are my top priorities for today. I believe you are the right person to work with with this issue. Together, we can work this out.

Walter>
I understand you have a Comcast email address associated to your disconnected account at a former address, right?

Edward_>
I’m not sure what you mean. I moved to Florida from New Jersey 3 years ago, I’ve had a comcast account for years.

Walter>
I can resolve this issue for you today.

Walter>
May I have your Comcast account number please?

Edward_>
1 moment

Edward_>
i am looking it up

Walter>
Thank you, Edward.

Edward_>
i get electronically billed, the last 4 digits are 7846, so can you ask me another question

Walter>
Allow me to look it up for you.

Walter>
May I have the last four digits of your Social Security Number, this will verify the security provided to your Comcast account, so we can proceed.

Edward_>
7—-

Walter>
Thank you very much, allow me time to process this one for you.

Walter>
Kindly give me two minutes to process this for you.

Edward_>
Thanks!

Walter>
Alright, I found your current and active account:

Walter>
SHEILA KLE—–, 4917 xxxx TER HOLLYWOOD,FL 33312, correct?

Edward_>
correct

Walter>
Alright, and the Comcast email in question, es****@comcast.net is associated to a disconnected account at 70 ******* LN MONROE TOWNSHIP,NJ 08831M, under your name.

Edward_>
I lived there 3 years ago then my work moved us to FL.

Walter>
Yes, and now Comcast detected this and is asking you to transfer this email to your active account at Hollywood, FL, so it will not be deleted in the system.

Edward_>
yes please.

Walter>
However I checked the former account in Township, NJ, there is an unreturned converter box, you need to return this first to the local office for us to proceed.

Edward_>
????, we dropped it off to them 3 years ago and they gave us a pink or yellow form. If you ask me now to provide you with that form, I will flip out….This is 3 years later!! I can’t believe this.

Walter>
I am very sorry for the inconvenience, may I know which local office you dropped the converter box please?

Edward_>
It was 5 minutes away from our house in the next town over. I think it was Jamesburg

Walter>
Thank you.

Walter>
I need you to call the local office near Jamesburg.

Walter>
New Jersey – NJ
Burlington County: 609-871-6900
Central New Jersey: 609-655-1300
Garden State: 856-354-1660
Gloucester County: 856-853-7474
Jersey City: 201-432-1234
Long Beach Island: 609-494-8300
Meadowlands: 201-997-6600
Monmouth County: 732-542-7603
Northwest New Jersey: 908-689-3355
Ocean County: 732-920-2288
Somerset: 732-652-2700
Toms River: 732-286-2971
Trenton, Mercer County: 609-394-2288
Union: 732-602-7400
Voorhees: 856-354-1660

Walter>
So they can scan their records and have it cleared as soon as possible.

Edward_>
By the way, do you know that we are talking about a box that is analog and obsolete?? They were calling me to switch to digital because the box was going to be outdated and I told them that I was moving in a couple of months anyway and that I would be returning the box so to just hold off.

Walter>
After that, kindly chat back or call, so we can proceed with the transfer.

Walter>
I understand, however that box is a property of Comcast and I believe you were renting it base on the billing ledger here of the account.

Walter>
I do believe you returned the box, however local office did not clear it here, how I wish we can, but it needs evidence and only from them has that slip of evidence they can scan from their archive.

Walter>
May I know from the local offices I posted above, which one is nearer Jamesburg please?

Walter>
I am noting this down, so this will be properly investigated.

Edward_>
It obviously looks like their records will say I didn’t return the box because they are a bunch of losers. How much is this going to cost me to make this whole?

Edward_>
How much is the box?

Walter>
I understand, let me check, as you know the estimate is with the source or the local office.

Edward_>
You can’t be bringing this to my attention 3 years later. this is unbelievable.

Edward_>
This will be ending our relatinship if this isn’t resolved. I pay over $230 per month to comcast. they can kiss my ass goodbye if they delete my account over the bullsh-t.

Walter>
Yes, I strongly advise you now, to call local office in New Jersey near your account was, so they can have this “unreturned converter box” cleared so we can transfer your active Comcast email associated to the disconnected account to your Florida account.

Walter>
I checked, the analog converter box, is being estimated by our local office only. All we have here is its rented rate per month.

Edward_>
What local office and what’s the number of the office??

Walter>
And they will be personally be the one to process the transfer of e***k@comcast.net to your active account in Florida, to avoid its deletion.

Walter>
I personally apologize if I am not very familiar with the geography of New Jersey, kindly choose from these local offices we have in New Jersey state please:

Walter>
New Jersey – NJ
Burlington County: 609-871-6900
Central New Jersey: 609-655-1300
Garden State: 856-354-1660
Gloucester County: 856-853-7474
Jersey City: 201-432-1234
Long Beach Island: 609-494-8300
Meadowlands: 201-997-6600
Monmouth County: 732-542-7603
Northwest New Jersey: 908-689-3355
Ocean County: 732-920-2288
Somerset: 732-652-2700
Toms River: 732-286-2971
Trenton, Mercer County: 609-394-2288
Union: 732-602-7400
Voorhees: 856-354-1660

Edward_>
My wife told me the office is in Twin lakes or Twin Rivers, NJ. Which office would that be?

Walter>
Alright, you may call any of the local office, or be redirected by them to the office associated with the one closest to Twin Lakes.

Walter>
Kindly give me two minutes, let me search our national directory, I can pin point the exact local office for you.

Walter>
Alright, be right back sir.

Walter>
Here are the closest three offices in your New Jersey neighborhood:

Walter>
East Windsor
Address: Hours:
90 Lake Drive
East Windsor, NJ 08520
Phone: 609-655-1300 Mon-Fri- 8:00 AM-7:00 PM, Sat- 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
2. East Brunswick
Address: Hours:
3 Auer Court
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Phone: 732-238-3300 Mon, Wed, Fri- 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, Teus, Thursday- 10:00 AM-7:00 PM, Closed for lunch from 12:50 AM-2:00PM, Sat- 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
3. Hazlet
Address: Hours:
1316 State Highway 36
Hazlet, NJ 07730
Phone: 732-739-3100 Monday – 8:30am-7pm, Tues – Fri – 8:30am-5pm, Closed Sat and Sun

Edward_>
I won’t be calling NJ to join on some easter Egg hunt and be part of a “he said she said, so pay us $200 for an old worthless box” game.. Our relationship with Comcast will be over once you delete my email address. I’ve also copied this entire conversation to send to regulators, my local congressman and your CEO, so that your CEO knows how dumb some of the policies at his company are and why they lost a customer that pays almost $3,000 per year in subscriptions….over a worthless box issue that I am being accused of 3 years later!!! I’m late to work now and stressed out because of this, have a nice day. Good bye.

Walter>
I am truly sorry Edward for this.

Walter>
I am noting this so we can make a drastic adjustment in our end.

Walter>
How I wish in my end, I can remove the tag on your New Jersey account, I truly know how you feel.

Edward_>
Save your company Walter. Don’t join the “Knucklehead Gang”. Take this conversation and escalate it. HAve an intelligent supervisor that has some power fix this and make it right. Have a nice weekend.

Walter>
I understand your point, allow me to inform my supervisor right now, and what she can provide, kindly hold for two minutes please.

Edward_>
ok

Walter>
Thank you, allow me to brief her shortly with what I have discovered here and the situation you are in and the policies we have, I understand you were already given an email about this transfer you need to do for e***k@comcast.net.

Edward_>
Comcast sends me emails of programs, movies, specials, etc…I delete every one of them. I get 1oo emails a day. I pay my comcast bill every month, you think I read emails from Comcast?? This one caught my eye because it had some kind of warning that looks like I have not paid my bill.

Walter>
I understand, I am glad you have paid attention to that important email, regarding this, I am confident this can be resolved and we can work this out.

Walter>
So you can start your day again fresh and in good mood, we don’t want to cause bother.

Edward_>
Please Walter… Imagine, $3,000 per year for 10 years = $30,000…gone to AT&T over a worthless Cable Box which I returned to a miserable Comcast lady behind a bullet proof glass who didn’t say thank you nor look up at me, just gave me a slip and I said goodbye

Walter>
Edward I thoroughly informed her the situation, she understand, and base on the process, she would likely tell you the same as what I said earlier for the resolution. Would you still like to chat with her?

Walter>
I can picture that, Edward, and I am embarrass with the picture. Truly sorry I am.

Edward_>
No, I’m signing out now. This will be a story I will be telling for a while to friends and family and at the water cooler at work if they cancel my email over this nonsense. Save your company, tell your supervisor to make sure they don’t cancel my email address.

Drop Comcast and Get FiOS

FiOSThe best way to lower your Comcast bill is to cut the service. For a long time, Comcast has pretty much ruled the roost as a monopoly.

However, I keep hearing more and more about the new FiOS. The feedback? Not only is it better than Comcast, it appears to be A LOT better.

For example, there’s this guy

FiOS, every bit as amazing as I thought it would be! Goodbye #comcast, totally worth the switch!

Or, this guy whose bill is $50 cheaper with FiOS then when he was with Comcast,

love that my first FIOS bill arrived today and it’s $50 cheaper than my old Comcast bill!

And, his friend’s response, who says it would save him about $40 a month,

@gjhead I just took a look at packages and it looks like it would cut about $40 off my comcast bill a month…#hereIcomefios

But this is probably one of my favorites. Simple, direct, perfect,

Goodbye comcast hello fios

Check out FiOS by Verizon here. You’ll see they have plans cheaper than Comcast does, which is sure to save you money on your Comcast Bill.

So, stop paying more than you need to, for a service you no longer need. Get FiOS and drop Comcast. Plus, their ranked #1 in customer satisfaction. Where does that leave Comcast? I don’t care! We just know it’s not number one!

How to Save 44% on your Comcast Bill – Chat Transcript

Here’s a good one – a full chat transcript a customer had with the Comcast Customer support. Blogger Darwin over at darwinsfinance.com posts his entire chat conversation he had with Comcast to lower his bill.

The main idea is that you can get a better deal than you currently are. Comcast is always (always!) having special discounts. What does this mean? The price of their actual service isn’t worth as much as they charge!

It’s simple math. They give discounts out left and right and make the suckers without the discount pay for those who have the discount. Don’t be a sucker, get a discount!

From the article on darwinsfinance.com:

As you can see, each negotiating experience and outcome is different.  Message?  It sort of depends who you get and when you try. So, if you don’t get the deal you wanted, keep trying and don’t take no for an answer.  But the bottom line is that if your initial bill is say, $160 you may very well walk away paying $50 less with some minimal effort.

That’s good news!

Here’s part of the conversation:

Comcast Rep>Thank you. May I have the exact concern that you have, — ME –?

– ME –_>Sure. I’m reaching out because the 6 months is up on the prior agreed promotions and I was advised to contact again when this occurs.  My bill jumped up substantially.

– ME –_>I had previously considered switching over to FIOS given the attractive offers they have now that they’ve entered our neighborhood.  The past few 6 month cycles, Comcast has discounted my bill in order to retain my business.

Comcast Rep>May I know when was the promotion ended?

– ME –_>from last month’s bill, it was to end 12/28/09.

Comcast Rep>I see. Please give me a moment to check on this.

– ME –_>sure

Comcast Rep>I apologize for the inconvenience, I see here that the bill that you are viewing will from 12/29 – 01/28. Comcast actually printed the bill in advance to avoid delinquent payment. That payment that is reflected on your bill will be the regular rate after your promotion will end on 12/28/09.

– ME –_>I’m not sure I follow.  My last bill was much lower.  In discussing this with Comcast in the past, each 6 months, I call and have a new promotion (whatever’s available at the time) applied to the account in order to bring the price well below the “regular rate”.  I was assured during prior calls that this agreement would continue to be honored into the future if I agreed to stay on as a customer.  Can you check out which promotions you’re running now that you could apply to bring the total bill back in line? Thanks

Comcast Rep>Please give me a moment to check on that.

Read the full conversation here.

Comcast Buys NBC – Can you Spell Monopoly?

comcast logoThe recent news of Comcast buying NBC means only one thing: Goliath just got a lot bigger.

If you’re at all concerned with the free market ideals that this nation was built on, there’s no way you can’t be just as pissed as I am about this. Comcast is already the largest cable and internet provider serving over 20 million video customers and over 16 million internet customers. The big idea: Comcast is a monopoly and with the recent purchase of NBC, the monopoly is not going in the right direction.

Ryan Singel, in his article on WIRED says “Comcast is paying GE about $6.5 billion in cash and $7.25 billion in programming for a 51 percent stake. GE remains in control of the rest of the company, valued at $30 billion in the complicated deal.”

What this means is Comcast now owns over half of NBC.

Additionally interesting is Singel’s mention of fate of NBC-owned Hulu – the free way to watch TV shows, movies and more online. With the purchase of NBC, and the growing threat of Comcast customers ditching the service when free options are available, it might just be that Comcast decides to shut Hulu down. Or, at least allow access only to paying Comcast customers. Either way, it’s not a good sign to those of us who’d rather watch TV on the internet for (get this price) free.

So Comcast, you can take your 51 percent share and become that much more of a behemoth, but just remember, even Goliath couldn’t crush the small guy no matter how hard he tried.

Read the entire article by Ryan Singel on Wired.com

Comcast Raises Rates Over 10%

pissedconsumer.comI just saw this post on PissedConsumer.com:

Comcast Raised Rates Over 10%!!!

One customer is reporting an across-the-board rate increase of over 10% on their service.

There appears to have been no warning of the rate increase and no real explanation. As if the multi-billion dollar company needs to squeeze more dollars from it’s customers. This is exactly why so many consumers are done with Comcast.

How to Get a Discount on your Comcast Bill

Comcast Bill DiscountDo you look at your Comcast bill from month to month and wonder how it seems to keep increasing in price and have no idea why?

I see these all the time! It’s no secret Comcast, you give discounts like their going out of style. All you need to do to get a discount on your Comcast bill is ask!

Yes, even if you’re “not eligible” to get a discount, you can still qualify!

One Comcast customer (in not always the nicest way) explains the process to getting a discount on their Comcast bill in a few easy steps. Ready?

  1. First you have to actually notice your bill is higher than last month.
  2. Chat with a customer service rep online
  3. Push through, even if they try to dissuade you from cancelling your Comcast service

Read all the steps here

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