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Comcast-TWC merger worries, outrages consumers

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Marcavage s Trick

Philadelphia, PA

#23 Feb 14, 2014
tallyho wrote:
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correct me if I'm wrong direct like disc?????????? meaning weather
That's rarely a factor in its reception quality in my limited experience...meaning outside of tornado alley.

The cable picture in my town is just as likely if not moreso to go on the fritz occasionally, either in terms of service interruption or just momentary glitches in the image.

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

Chicago, IL

#24 Feb 14, 2014
tallyho wrote:
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correct me if I'm wrong direct like disc?????????? meaning weather
Lost me with that one, Tally..
FTW

United States

#25 Feb 14, 2014
Marcavage s Trick wrote:
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That's rarely a factor in its reception quality in my limited experience...meaning outside of tornado alley.
The cable picture in my town is just as likely if not moreso to go on the fritz occasionally, either in terms of service interruption or just momentary glitches in the image.
Dish TV really sucks were I'm at when the weather is crappy... At the same time Digital cable is also really screwy. Seem's whenever something goes digital it's going to be faulty. Be it digital cable or that new digital OTA crap..

“....VETS”

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#26 Feb 14, 2014
Uh Clem wrote:
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Lost me with that one, Tally..
sorry meant dish ....

my cable reception is pure as new driven snow , but when I vacation in the hills it comes and goes ...oh that is Satellite ....???? so is direct tv power via cable ???

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

Chicago, IL

#27 Feb 14, 2014
tallyho wrote:
<quoted text>
sorry meant dish ....
my cable reception is pure as new driven snow , but when I vacation in the hills it comes and goes ...oh that is Satellite ....???? so is direct tv power via cable ???
DirecTV. Had it for close to 20 years.

Yes, it will go out due to weather, but that's extremely rare - unless the antenna is not aimed well. They do need to be tweaked every so often if the wind moves it around.

I will lose the signal for a couple minutes during heavy thunderstorms but that's all. I have a $3 gadget I bought on eBay that goes in the line at the antenna. I plug it in and go for max signal. That's probably a lot more accurate than relying on the receiver's builtin 'beep' signal they expect you to use for aiming.

“Happiness comes through giving”

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Since: Feb 08

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#28 Feb 14, 2014
Darlin_Dana wrote:
Honestly I hate TWC. But if they do happen to merge.. it could be better in a sense or to a certain extent. However I truly think the benefits wont out way the issues ..for the costumers that is.
For them it would just make their pockets fuller.
They'd better add more pockets to those costumes.
FTW

United States

#29 Feb 14, 2014
tallyho wrote:
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sorry meant dish ....
my cable reception is pure as new driven snow , but when I vacation in the hills it comes and goes ...oh that is Satellite ....???? so is direct tv power via cable ???
When I'm in Rochester the cable gets chopped and pixelated fairly often. Also some channels just go offline at random. Get it checked and they say there is nothing wrong with conection. Always get a BS reason about this or that. When I'm back in the T.I. my satellite had the same problem as you. I just got rid of it. No need for TV in the sticks anyways. There's better things to do.
Never had a problem with cable until digital.
FTW

United States

#30 Feb 14, 2014
Uh Clem wrote:
<quoted text>
DirecTV. Had it for close to 20 years.
Yes, it will go out due to weather, but that's extremely rare - unless the antenna is not aimed well. They do need to be tweaked every so often if the wind moves it around.
I will lose the signal for a couple minutes during heavy thunderstorms but that's all. I have a $3 gadget I bought on eBay that goes in the line at the antenna. I plug it in and go for max signal. That's probably a lot more accurate than relying on the receiver's builtin 'beep' signal they expect you to use for aiming.
From what I was told by a provider worker is that Northern New York and the Adirondacks have a bad angle for the satellite and weather has more of an effect than in other areas. No idea if it's true, but it is spotty in those places for what ever reason. In the Thousand Islands a lot of people are convinced that Ft. Drum and their radio communications has something to do with it. I don't know if I buy that though.

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

Chicago, IL

#31 Feb 14, 2014
FTW wrote:
<quoted text>From what I was told by a provider worker is that Northern New York and the Adirondacks have a bad angle for the satellite and weather has more of an effect than in other areas. No idea if it's true, but it is spotty in those places for what ever reason. In the Thousand Islands a lot of people are convinced that Ft. Drum and their radio communications has something to do with it. I don't know if I buy that though.
Well, the guys who invented the system were right here in town where I am so they probably came up with something that naturally worked best for them.

There could be something to the angle thing, as they do beam a 'spot' down to the eastern US and another to the west. It might be a good thing to be closer to the center of that spot.

“....VETS”

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WELCOME HOME

#32 Feb 14, 2014
Uh Clem wrote:
<quoted text>
DirecTV. Had it for close to 20 years.
Yes, it will go out due to weather, but that's extremely rare - unless the antenna is not aimed well. They do need to be tweaked every so often if the wind moves it around.
I will lose the signal for a couple minutes during heavy thunderstorms but that's all. I have a $3 gadget I bought on eBay that goes in the line at the antenna. I plug it in and go for max signal. That's probably a lot more accurate than relying on the receiver's builtin 'beep' signal they expect you to use for aiming.
thanks

“....VETS”

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#33 Feb 14, 2014
FTW wrote:
<quoted text>From what I was told by a provider worker is that Northern New York and the Adirondacks have a bad angle for the satellite and weather has more of an effect than in other areas. No idea if it's true, but it is spotty in those places for what ever reason. In the Thousand Islands a lot of people are convinced that Ft. Drum and their radio communications has something to do with it. I don't know if I buy that though.
not FT Drum , not the cause... and yes Tupperlake area is terrible..

in Rochester I have minor trouble because dishes for cable is being re-alig ned ... reboot box corrects that problem
FTW

United States

#34 Feb 14, 2014
tallyho wrote:
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not FT Drum , not the cause... and yes Tupperlake area is terrible..
in Rochester I have minor trouble because dishes for cable is being re-alig ned ... reboot box corrects that problem
Yeah I don't buy it either. Ft. Drum causes a lot of problems but this one is BS.
Tupper Lake eh? Huntin' camp or fishin'?

“....VETS”

Level 9

Since: Jan 08

WELCOME HOME

#35 Feb 14, 2014
FTW wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah I don't buy it either. Ft. Drum causes a lot of problems but this one is BS.
Tupper Lake eh? Huntin' camp or fishin'?
truth sitting and watching life in a calm peaceful manner grilling ...

don't hunt [nam] cured that ..... fishing used to be great at Sacketts

bass/jack perch ...gigging.... frogs legs uuuuuum back of house was like a garden of eden..cherries plums apples..all kinds of berries all wild
Beto

Matawan, NJ

#36 Feb 14, 2014
A noted observer wrote:
Now see, "Soros" is a buzzword for reichtards only. No matter the reichtard question, he's "THE answer".
Ironic.
Cordell

Kansas City, MO

#37 Feb 14, 2014
Both co. suck dvrs don't work have to reboot every hour to get them to work.

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Since: Apr 09

Spotted World

#38 Feb 15, 2014
FTW wrote:
<quoted text>Dish TV really sucks were I'm at when the weather is crappy... At the same time Digital cable is also really screwy. Seem's whenever something goes digital it's going to be faulty. Be it digital cable or that new digital OTA crap..
The problems with the digital TV include the fact that it is compressed, and also that it is not analog. I think it sends in packets, and it uses MPG compression. Since compression is sent in packets with a certain "dictionary size" (ie., how far back it has to read to decode a segment), all it takes is it miss a few bytes and corrupt the entire packet. So rather than the picture fading briefly or losing a word said, you get nothing at all for the whole packet of data. It might not be as bad if they could use the Internet or something as a back-channel to get recovery data, or lower resolution frames, or whatever. Or, use the web to grab several frames in advance. Downloading would likely be slower, but if it downloads in advance, the corrupted frames could be replaced with downloaded copies.

At least with analog TV, if you get reduced signal, you'd get lesser quality, but you would still get something. It might be hard to see and hear, but you could live with it if you had to. But in this case, it is either all or nothing. They could probably make better decoder firmware to somehow tolerate data corruption better, but really, the standard is the problem.

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

Chicago, IL

#40 Feb 16, 2014
I can tell you must be right by all the CAPS you used.

“....VETS”

Level 9

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WELCOME HOME

#41 Feb 16, 2014
Uh Clem wrote:
I can tell you must be right by all the CAPS you used.
naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah she is telling you she is

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Since: Jul 11

Location hidden

#42 Feb 18, 2014
How would you like to be charged a change of service charge when you discontinue your service with them?

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Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#44 Mar 8, 2014
How will American's allow a MONOPOLY of cable television, along with a foothold on the messages being delivered......with a leg up on control of internet access for many.....

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