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bacon hater

Elyria, OH

#1 Sep 12, 2012
I'm not even going to start raging on the quasi-monopoly and scam that cable tv is. But I would like to know why they call at a "weekly test of the emergency broadcast system." It's not "weekly" if it happens every day, on every channel, staggered at random times. Did they not get the memo about cell phones? Information spreads fast these days. We don't need the idiots at our cable company to maintain this system for a nuclear war or for bad weather anymore. We have an app for that.

Since: Sep 11

Charleston, WV

#2 Sep 12, 2012
So true, but I thought you were one of the intelligent ones? Why are you using Suddenlink? Dish Network is a lot cheaper and you can still get regional channels.
bacon hater

Elyria, OH

#3 Sep 12, 2012
I know but if t he wind blows, you're screwed. If it rains, you get to watch the "acquiring satellite signal" signal screen for an hour. If it snows, you're at your friend's house watching suddenlink. None are reliable, but Dish and Directv are just astonishingly bad.
truckers wife

Parkersburg, WV

#4 Sep 12, 2012
We have CAS, dont know if thats good or bad in everyone elses opinion, but I have not had a single complaint in almost 2 yrs (before we had suddenlink). got the triple play bundle last yr and havent had any issues with the land line or internet. no issues with the emergency broadcasts either.
bacon hater

Elyria, OH

#5 Sep 12, 2012
CAS is the Jerry Falwell of media. Did you know they take it upon themselves to censor your internet? Granted, you can disable most of their bullshit, but the thought of someone else censoring anything - especially the internet - sickens me. Guys in suits at a cable company don't get to decide what I think is good or bad content. I do that (and it's ALL good). I had CAS once and when I went to open fantasy football, I typed fanatasy and it went ahead and assumed I was looking at porn so it asked me for my friggin' ID. Drew Brees threw for 400 that day and I had started Matthew Stafford the week prior, who threw 3 picks. That was it for me.

I have heard their service is good though.

Since: Sep 11

Charleston, WV

#6 Sep 12, 2012
I'd rather pay for SAT prices and deal with the occasional storm for TV. I still have cable Internet, though. I just think that Suddenlink's prices are ridiculous.
truckers wife

Parkersburg, WV

#7 Sep 12, 2012
Im not diagreeing with u and i have heard of ppl having issues with it before but not so much now. Iv never been asked for my ID nor has my husband and he looks at some stuff thats well, lets b honest, hes an adult male lol, and hasnt had any problems with it either, so far. its funny they censor all that is bad, yet here i am on topix. it wld b dif if it was to censor kids, i dont have that issue yet bc my 2 r 5 and under but later im sure ill b complaining theres not enough censoring, for the 18 and under crowd that is. of course some of the stuff, that has popped up during some of my searches of non sexual nature, i wldnt want either of them to c til theyre 40+
truckers wife

Parkersburg, WV

#8 Sep 12, 2012
Louda i agree with u and i disagree with u. I dont think i personally wld ever want dish or direct tv but suddenlink is expensive, at least they were before. Also, arent u under contract when u have a sat provider?
bacon hater

Elyria, OH

#9 Sep 12, 2012
Suddenlink is stupid expensive. Get decent internet and throw in a little hbo and my bill's damn near 200 bones. Blows... and don't censor the internet from your kids. They'll just go elsewhere and look at whatever they want. They'll have a smartphone before they want to see freaky internet porn.

Since: Sep 11

Charleston, WV

#10 Sep 12, 2012
Yes, you are under contract. However, the contract locks in the price for the year or two years. Also, Dish keeps the prices so low that you don't want to get out of your contract. Just recently, they threatened to drop WOWK 13 here because the station wanted to raise the prices too high and it would've affected our price. They won and our price stayed the same. DirecTV is a complete ripoff. They start you with a plan and then jack up the price at the end of the promo period. Dish doesn't and it's the closest plan to "only pay for what you watch" that is available right now on TV.
truckers wife

Parkersburg, WV

#11 Sep 12, 2012
im not one of those spaz mothers, i dont hide things from my kids. i was a teenager 10 yrs ago, and i know what went on around this town then and seriously doubt its gonna change in another 10 when my daughters a teen. the best info is given not hidden. there r some things tho, id rather them not find out about on an internet website, i wld prefer my kids and i have an open understanding of each other. i dont hide the truth from them now nor will i when they start asking the difficult questions. whats the point, theyll just go get answers from someone else or the internet. dont get me wrong, my kids r not exposed to "unhealthy things", and im not here to just b their friend, but having a mother or father who is open to any discussion wld prob help alot of kids these days. right now tho, the hardest questions i have to answer is whens dinner and what r we having? oh, and i pay around $123 a month for my triple bundle.
bacon hater

Elyria, OH

#12 Sep 12, 2012
Pizza Hut.
truckers wife

Parkersburg, WV

#13 Sep 12, 2012
bacon hater wrote:
Pizza Hut.
Never liked pizza hut that much, pizzas too greasy.

Since: Sep 11

Charleston, WV

#14 Sep 12, 2012
bacon hater wrote:
Pizza Hut.
I worked there for a few months back in '07.
Cindi

Hyattsville, MD

#15 Sep 12, 2012
Parents who don't censor what their kids are watching / looking at on the internet are just asking for trouble. Haven't you heard of cyber stalkers pretending to be 16-year-old boys who end up luring young girls into their 40+-year-old traps? Disgusting pigs. Yeh - I censored my kids. The computer was in the living room facing everyone in the room and everyone could see what everyone else was looking at. Wouldn't have it any other way either. I'll do the same thing w/ my grandkids because I love them and want to protect them - sometimes from themselves!

Before you bash me about not having a good relationship with them, my kids are grown now and call to talk to me every day. Sometimes they are just telling me about their day. Sometimes they are asking for advice. And, sometimes they are asking me how I am doing. Anyway, our communication is very open - sometimes too open. I just asked my son the other day if he couldn't/wouldn't just keep some things to himself and that I, as his mother, didn't need to know everything.
John

Point Pleasant, WV

#16 Sep 12, 2012
Louda wrote:
So true, but I thought you were one of the intelligent ones? Why are you using Suddenlink? Dish Network is a lot cheaper and you can still get regional channels.
Beware Dish and DirecTV... every time ou call them for anything you are unwittingly renewing your contract. Try cancelling their service... you'll get hammered by a huge contract termination fee and other penalties no matter how long you were a customer.

I found out the hard way when I cancelled DirecTV after 4 years and thinking my contract was over. First they charged $300 cancellation penalty, then tried to debit almost $800 bucks from my checking (don't pay them online) for equipment (the next day without notice and without giving me an oppurtunity to return it. Their story is that they will credit it back when they receive the boxes)... The only thing that saved me was the Credit Union flagged it as a fraudulent transaction.

I researched them afterward and found out that there are thousands of complaintof sattelite companies doing that to people. Its easy enough to google for yourself.

Never, ever, ever get DirecTV or Dish if you can help it, and if you do, don't use a debit/credit card to pay them.

Since: Sep 11

Charleston, WV

#17 Sep 12, 2012
John wrote:
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Beware Dish and DirecTV... every time ou call them for anything you are unwittingly renewing your contract. Try cancelling their service... you'll get hammered by a huge contract termination fee and other penalties no matter how long you were a customer.
I found out the hard way when I cancelled DirecTV after 4 years and thinking my contract was over. First they charged $300 cancellation penalty, then tried to debit almost $800 bucks from my checking (don't pay them online) for equipment (the next day without notice and without giving me an oppurtunity to return it. Their story is that they will credit it back when they receive the boxes)... The only thing that saved me was the Credit Union flagged it as a fraudulent transaction.
I researched them afterward and found out that there are thousands of complaintof sattelite companies doing that to people. Its easy enough to google for yourself.
Never, ever, ever get DirecTV or Dish if you can help it, and if you do, don't use a debit/credit card to pay them.
Some of this is false, John. That company (DirecTV) only renews your contract when you "change" your service. Dish is on a rolling calandar, even if you change your programming. If you time your service end correctly, your fee is minimal to non-existent. Any equipment that you do not own should be returned whether it is cable or satellite. You biggest beef seems to be the automatic payment option. Call me old fashioned, but I write a paper check to these companies. I've had all of them and never had any isses with charges that I didn't understand.
John

Point Pleasant, WV

#18 Sep 12, 2012
Louda wrote:
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Some of this is false, John. That company (DirecTV) only renews your contract when you "change" your service. Dish is on a rolling calandar, even if you change your programming. If you time your service end correctly, your fee is minimal to non-existent. Any equipment that you do not own should be returned whether it is cable or satellite. You biggest beef seems to be the automatic payment option. Call me old fashioned, but I write a paper check to these companies. I've had all of them and never had any isses with charges that I didn't understand.
It is absolutely true... a lesson I learned the hard way. My last inadvertant contract renewal for diecttv was when their dish failed (through no fault of my own) and they made a service call to fix it. A quick search revealed that this is their Modus Operandi.

Yes, my biggest beef was the unauthorized debit attempt. Perhaps I didn't state clearly how this transpired:

Evening of Day 1- Cancelled service
Morning of Day 2- RFCU calls to inform me of suspicious attempt to debit $800 from my checking account.

See whats missing there? Opportunity to return... They try to take the money first and then send you UPS packages to ship in.

If you still think its false then I invite you to google 'directv unauthorized debit' to read thousands of similar stories
bacon hater

Barberton, OH

#19 Sep 13, 2012
Cindi - I totally agree with you on the danger of the internet. Little girls on. facebook and let the whole world know if their parents are gone and when they're alone, where they are, hell they even put provocative pictures on their page (I laugh when people say, "yeah but mine is set to private." There's nothing private about facebook. Anyone with the desire can view your page. All of it).

But you must know that keeping the terminal in your living room so privacy can't be had is horribly naieve. This isn't their only computer access. Phone have it. Their friends have it. Public places have it. The more you forbid privacy, the more your kids will seek it.

Since: Sep 11

Charleston, WV

#20 Sep 13, 2012
John wrote:
<quoted text>
It is absolutely true... a lesson I learned the hard way. My last inadvertant contract renewal for diecttv was when their dish failed (through no fault of my own) and they made a service call to fix it. A quick search revealed that this is their Modus Operandi.
Yes, my biggest beef was the unauthorized debit attempt. Perhaps I didn't state clearly how this transpired:
Evening of Day 1- Cancelled service
Morning of Day 2- RFCU calls to inform me of suspicious attempt to debit $800 from my checking account.
See whats missing there? Opportunity to return... They try to take the money first and then send you UPS packages to ship in.
If you still think its false then I invite you to google 'directv unauthorized debit' to read thousands of similar stories
I was actually stumping for Dish Network originally. I don't like DirecTV either, but for different reasons.

DirecTV may have renewed your contract without your knowledge, but there had to have been some fine print somewhere that explained what happened when you upgraded/serviced your equipment. I would imagine that every company that has an automatic debit set up on your account would hit you for the equipment until it was returned. Do you know how many people do not return that stuff? I definitely can see how having a week or two to return the equipment would be better for the customer.

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