A Little Honesty: Comcast Doesn't Give A F**k What You Think Of Its Merger
from the reasonable and knowledgeable dept
We recently covered how Comcast’s top exec in charge of getting its merger with Time Warner Cable approved has insisted that only ignorant and unreasonable people oppose the merger. And yet… somehow, the public (ignorant and unreasonable as they are…) still don’t seem to think too positively of the merger itself. And, for some reason, the terrible, terrible deal that American cable providers (mainly: Comcast and Time Warner Cable) continue to offer Americans as basically their only real broadband possibility still seems to inspire creative derision.
Almost exactly a year ago, we posted a hilarious fake commercial of what your cable company (likely: Comcast or Time Warner Cable) would say in a TV commercial if it were honest. The mildly NSFW video includes the important fine print:
You’ll have the option of choosing from several of our completely unwarranted ripoffs, including internet speeds almost 200 times slower than Korea… at twice the price. TV packages with over 500 channels, 90% of which you can’t view and we guarantee a plethora of hidden fees. Then our barely trained technicians will come to install your service somewhere between the hours 8am and 10 pm, knock once while you’re in the shower, and promptly leave…. Why you ask? We’re part of what is called an “oligopoly.” It’s like a monopoly… only legal!
Watch it again:
Soon after that, we posted another video from some guys pretending to be Time Warner Cable customer service employees asking people around NY what they could do to make service even worse. Go ahead, watch that again too:
And, now, with the attempted merger underway, we’ve got a third video to add to the bunch. This one comes from Funny or Die, and directly addresses the issue of the merger, and is titled: Comcast Doesn’t Give a F*CK. Like the first video above, it’s made to look like a traditional cable company commercial, with the direct message being that, well, you know what the message is. Here, watch it:
We’ve read your comments and complaints, and know that a lot of you are very nervous about our merger with Time Warner Cable. So I wanted to talk to you today and let you know, that no matter what happens, we don’t give a fuck about you. Whether you’re calling in for an appointment about your cable box, or wondering why your favorite channel disappeared, we don’t give a fuck. That’s what makes us an industry leader in terrible customer service. We don’t give a fuck because we don’t have to. What? Are you going to go to another cable service provider? [Laughs] Chances are we own whatever movie or network you’re watching, so that’s still money in our pocket.
You could watch Netflix or Hulu. In fact, you should. We own Hulu. We also make Netflix pay us extra for streaming content, meaning they’ll probably pass those costs on to you. Bottom line: Fuck You.
I’m sure all these kinds of videos keep popping up, because the American public doesn’t understand how good the service we get from our “local” (and by “local” I mean, Comcast) cable provider is. Or maybe Homer Simpson was on to something. Nah, must just be all those unreasonable and ignorant folks.