Comcast warns of possible KARE-11 bla...

Comcast warns of possible KARE-11 blackout

There are 77 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Nov 24, 2008, titled Comcast warns of possible KARE-11 blackout. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Comcast said its 550,000 Minnesota subscribers could lose the ability to watch KARE-11 on cable next month because Comcast hasn't negotiated a new retransmission agreement with KARE's parent, Gannett ...

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Timmy

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Nov 25, 2008
Say it aint so.
madasheck

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Nov 25, 2008
Here we go again, Comcast will be raising your monthly bill. Do what alot of people are doing, attaching antennas to their digital tvs and receiving local HD channels.........FREE !!!!!!! KARE 11 offers a beautiful HD picture. Currently the Twin Cities have 26 digital TV channels. Hopefully programing will improve on these channels too.
TheBBB

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Nov 25, 2008
I just need something like this to give me a little push to dump cable and get a dish.
Bobster

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Nov 25, 2008
So in other words we miss nothing.
somebody

Ann Arbor, MI

#5 Nov 25, 2008
Can't you get Kare11 through an antenna until February anyway? I suspect they'll have this completed by then, so what's the big deal (except for those HD lovers).
Kayla

Rochester, MN

#7 Nov 25, 2008
Better get a decrease in my bill.. oh ya forgot they are such a Monopoly that'll never happen! Ugh!
Goofy

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Nov 25, 2008
It wouldn't surprise me if KARE is demanding millions of dollars in exchange for Comcast to carry its signal.
The station is well known in the broadcast industry to be very, very cheap and greedy.
Zipper Gang JL

La Mesa, CA

#9 Nov 25, 2008
Hello Direct TV or Dish Network. Goodbye Comcast. Don't let the door hit you in arse on the way out.
I have never seen such an obstinate business as Comcast. They treat customers like crap. It's a perfect example of what happens when a monopoly controls an industry. I had their Triple Play deal for about 2 months and then cancelled it when we lost power for about 9 hours in a thunderstorm and I had no phone, no TV and no Internet because it all routes though a box in your home that is plugged into electrical outlet. I now have Qwest for phone, Sprint mobile broadband air card which I get for the Internet for my laptop and this spring will get one of the Dish providers. I'm through with Comcast.
EastBurb

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Nov 25, 2008
Another good reason to just turn off the television and do something else!
JAdams

Hopkins, MN

#11 Nov 25, 2008
No loss. Who KAREs.
BFloyd

Vancouver, WA

#12 Nov 25, 2008
Cable TV is a utility and ought to be highly regulated like any other utility. Comcast taking advantage of their monopoly should surprise no one. I, for one, refuse to pay to watch commercials. Erect an antenna and you will get full HDTV. With cable you will pay ever more for an inferior version of HD (they compress the signal more vs broadcast).
TtB

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Nov 25, 2008
One of the dish companies did this with Viacom(CBS) not that long ago too...I wonder how much $$$ KARE is asking for...
oxboro

Lakeville, MN

#14 Nov 25, 2008
change the call letters from KARE to GREED
The Cable Guy

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Nov 25, 2008
WoW! The misinformation on this thread is incredible.

Where should I start?

First and foremost always remember this; we're a money making business. If you want free, purchase a converter box and stop [email protected]!ng. Enjoy your 5 channels and be gone....

Comcast is not a monopoly. Nor is Charter, MediaOne or any other cable company. We lay, and maintain, millions and millions of dollars worth the highest grade fiber optic cable each year. We rigorously negotiate every day with your local, state and federal governments to keep the cost of cable affordable.
Yes we negotiate exclusivity contracts with those entities because why would we, or any other cable company (or company period) shell out all that money just to have another provider undercut us or piggy back in on our hard costly work. If you want to complain to someone how about going to your next city counsel meeting and point out all the frivolous fees they tack on to your bill.
Sure cable and internet costs money but riddle me this; “have you been to a movie lately? I just took my family of 4 to see that cartoon movie “Bolt” and it cost me $50 for an hour and a half of nonsensical entertainment. My kids thought the movie was a total waste of time. For that same $50 you could get 70 channels of cable for a month!
70 channels!

As for Kare11, do you people have any idea of the amount of money they want to charge us just for the privilege of carrying their out of date content each year?
MILLIONS!!!
Now we’ll negotiate with them, they’ll come down a little and we’ll go up a little (just like the Big Ten Network did, and they don’t even show the crappy Gophers every week. LoL) but make no mistake, they’re in it for themselves every bit as much as we are. In the end you’ll have your Kare11 (although who really watches that crap anyway) and we’ll move on to a different battle with another greedy network like ESPN. Do you want to know how much we have to pay them each year?
BILLIONS! With a “B”.
And coming soon for all you sports fans…………the NFL! Wait until you hear what they want.
So the next time your complaining about your cable bill give a little thought about just a few of the things it takes to give you:

NO CONTRACTS EVER!
Hundreds of channels of cable content-
37 HD channels with thousands of hours of HD programming-
12 to 50MB of High Speed Internet with built in security-
Home phone with unlimited long distance to the U.S. and Canada-
12 popular calling features like Voice mail, Call Waiting and Caller ID-

In closing I’d like to touch base with all the people that say they’re dropping us and getting Dish….
I’ll talk to you in 18 months when your contract runs out and you call us [email protected]!ng and crying about how you got shafted by DirectTV and such. How the signal goes out in bad weather or how they charged you huge fees for making changes to your service.
Please remember this……I told you so!

Cable, Internet and Home Phone are a LUXURY, not a privilege.
Anthony

Minnetonka, MN

#16 Nov 25, 2008
Thanks for the info cable guy. While you might be accused of drinking the Comcast Cool-Aid a bit, I appreciate the time you took to present this information for those of us who want to know more.
The guys (and ladies) who climb the poles to correct 'ghosting' and other issues have been great whenever I have placed a service call to Comcast. And they work in some of the nastiest weather; rain, snow and often in the dark.
Cable is too expensive, but everyone I know who switched to the dish had multitudes of issues and went back to cable.
Homer

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Nov 25, 2008
The Cable Guy wrote:
WoW! The misinformation on this thread is incredible.
Where should I start?
First and foremost always remember this; we're a money making business. If you want free, purchase a converter box and stop [email protected]!ng. Enjoy your 5 channels and be gone....
Comcast is not a monopoly. Nor is Charter, MediaOne or any other cable company. We lay, and maintain, millions and millions of dollars worth the highest grade fiber optic cable each year. We rigorously negotiate every day with your local, state and federal governments to keep the cost of cable affordable.
Yes we negotiate exclusivity contracts with those entities because why would we, or any other cable company (or company period) shell out all that money just to have another provider undercut us or piggy back in on our hard costly work. If you want to complain to someone how about going to your next city counsel meeting and point out all the frivolous fees they tack on to your bill.
Sure cable and internet costs money but riddle me this; “have you been to a movie lately? I just took my family of 4 to see that cartoon movie “Bolt” and it cost me $50 for an hour and a half of nonsensical entertainment. My kids thought the movie was a total waste of time. For that same $50 you could get 70 channels of cable for a month!
70 channels!
As for Kare11, do you people have any idea of the amount of money they want to charge us just for the privilege of carrying their out of date content each year?
MILLIONS!!!
Now we’ll negotiate with them, they’ll come down a little and we’ll go up a little (just like the Big Ten Network did, and they don’t even show the crappy Gophers every week. LoL) but make no mistake, they’re in it for themselves every bit as much as we are. In the end you’ll have your Kare11 (although who really watches that crap anyway) and we’ll move on to a different battle with another greedy network like ESPN. Do you want to know how much we have to pay them each year?
BILLIONS! With a “B”.
And coming soon for all you sports fans…………the NFL! Wait until you hear what they want.
So the next time your complaining about your cable bill give a little thought about just a few of the things it takes to give you:
NO CONTRACTS EVER!
Hundreds of channels of cable content-
37 HD channels with thousands of hours of HD programming-
12 to 50MB of High Speed Internet with built in security-
Home phone with unlimited long distance to the U.S. and Canada-
12 popular calling features like Voice mail, Call Waiting and Caller ID-
In closing I’d like to touch base with all the people that say they’re dropping us and getting Dish….
I’ll talk to you in 18 months when your contract runs out and you call us [email protected]!ng and crying about how you got shafted by DirectTV and such. How the signal goes out in bad weather or how they charged you huge fees for making changes to your service.
Please remember this……I told you so!
Cable, Internet and Home Phone are a LUXURY, not a privilege.
Zzzzz Zzzzz
griddy

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Nov 25, 2008
The Cable Guy wrote:
WoW! The misinformation on this thread is incredible.
Where should I start?
First and foremost always remember this; we're a money making business. If you want free, purchase a converter box and stop [email protected]!ng. Enjoy your 5 channels and be gone....
Comcast is not a monopoly. Nor is Charter, MediaOne or any other cable company. We lay, and maintain, millions and millions of dollars worth the highest grade fiber optic cable each year. We rigorously negotiate every day with your local, state and federal governments to keep the cost of cable affordable.
Yes we negotiate exclusivity contracts with those entities because why would we, or any other cable company (or company period) shell out all that money just to have another provider undercut us or piggy back in on our hard costly work. If you want to complain to someone how about going to your next city counsel meeting and point out all the frivolous fees they tack on to your bill.
Sure cable and internet costs money but riddle me this; “have you been to a movie lately? I just took my family of 4 to see that cartoon movie “Bolt” and it cost me $50 for an hour and a half of nonsensical entertainment. My kids thought the movie was a total waste of time. For that same $50 you could get 70 channels of cable for a month!
70 channels!
As for Kare11, do you people have any idea of the amount of money they want to charge us just for the privilege of carrying their out of date content each year?
MILLIONS!!!
Now we’ll negotiate with them, they’ll come down a little and we’ll go up a little (just like the Big Ten Network did, and they don’t even show the crappy Gophers every week. LoL) but make no mistake, they’re in it for themselves every bit as much as we are. In the end you’ll have your Kare11 (although who really watches that crap anyway) and we’ll move on to a different battle with another greedy network like ESPN. Do you want to know how much we have to pay them each year?
BILLIONS! With a “B”.
And coming soon for all you sports fans…………the NFL! Wait until you hear what they want.
So the next time your complaining about your cable bill give a little thought about just a few of the things it takes to give you:
NO CONTRACTS EVER!
Hundreds of channels of cable content-
37 HD channels with thousands of hours of HD programming-
12 to 50MB of High Speed Internet with built in security-
Home phone with unlimited long distance to the U.S. and Canada-
12 popular calling features like Voice mail, Call Waiting and Caller ID-
In closing I’d like to touch base with all the people that say they’re dropping us and getting Dish….
I’ll talk to you in 18 months when your contract runs out and you call us [email protected]!ng and crying about how you got shafted by DirectTV and such. How the signal goes out in bad weather or how they charged you huge fees for making changes to your service.
Please remember this……I told you so!
Cable, Internet and Home Phone are a LUXURY, not a privilege.
"FIRST and FOREMOST always remember this; we're a money making business"

That about says all I need to know about Comcast priorities.
Zipper Gang JL

United States

#19 Nov 25, 2008
From Cable Guy's post:
"In closing I’d like to touch base with all the people that say they’re dropping us and getting Dish….
I’ll talk to you in 18 months when your contract runs out and you call us [email protected]!ng and crying about how you got shafted by DirectTV and such. How the signal goes out in bad weather or how they charged you huge fees for making changes to your service.
Please remember this……I told you so!

Cable, Internet and Home Phone are a LUXURY, not a privilege. "
The only thing in your post about Dish or Direct TV that was correct is about signal problems in bad weather. I would also like to point out you Mr. Cable Guy that we leave MN in November for 6 months to our winter home in Palm Desert, CA. With Direct TV they merely suspended our account for the period we were gone. No fees, no vacation charges, nothing, just gave them a date when they should turn on the service. Now there's Comcast. We called in October to cancel our service on the date we were leaving. We specifically told them discontinue the service because of the length we intended to be gone from our MN home. No vacation status, just discontinue the service, period. Well, guess what Mr. Cable Guy, we got a bill in the mail for vacation service for November and December. After a frustrating 1/2 hour phone call with your office, I think they got the message. And calling the phone a luxury, you are out of your mind. Alexander Graham Bell is spinning in his grave right now. What an idiotic statement. You have been drinking to much Comcast Koolaid. Just typing this is making my blood boil. What a bunch of BS your post was!!!!
The Proud Contrarian

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Nov 25, 2008
griddy wrote:
<quoted text>
"FIRST and FOREMOST always remember this; we're a money making business"
That about says all I need to know about Comcast priorities.
Liberal Socialist.
Office Fan

United States

#22 Nov 25, 2008
You can watch 'The Office' on NBC.com

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