Posted by: dolan | March 26, 2007

Bye Bye Comcast

So, we did it.  We gave Comcast cable TV the proverbial finger.  It feels good, although we’re still partially addicted since we use them as our ISP.  But it’s a step in the right direction.

I have to hand it to the cable consortium’s marketing department.  People in their twenties today aren’t aware that you can get TV any other way.  When they hear of “rabbit ears”, they think of bugs bunny, not of an antenna.  I may only be 34 years old, but it’s old enough to remember the fading away of black and white television, and old enough to remember when using an antenna was the (only) way to go.

Why this decision?  We looked at our TiVo wish list, and realized that 90% of it was on broadcast channels.  Sure, we’ll miss The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, South Park, and a few others, but maybe this is a good reason to buy an Apple TV and pay per episode for the TV that we never get to watch anymore anyways.   Also, cable TV is just too damned expensive nowadays.  $18/mo for basic cable?  $50/mo for extended basic?  That’s nuts if you’re not using it.  If I could get it per channel (and get HD without paying for digital cable) I’d consider it, but until then I’m an over the air guy, with a tiny supplement provided by Blockbuster online (how we catch up on series we missed…).  Finally, we live about 3 miles and in line of sight from Sutro tower, so signal strength is not really an issue.

One thing you learn when you have a kid is, you can’t watch that much TV anyways.  Gotta make it count, and that’s where the TiVo comes in. But we also can’t keep up with what we have, so Comcast lost out.  Can’t say I’ll miss them.


  1. In 3 miles range you can get away with a small indoor antenna.
    No installation hassle and cheap 🙂 Way to go.

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