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  • Mar 25th, 2021 @ 6:02am

    So instead of cable, I get ...

    Independent subscriptions to:
    Prime Video
    Disney+
    Peacock
    CBS All Access/Paramount+
    Fox Sports/Tubi (really? Tubi?)

    Time was, I had the DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket so I could watch ALL the games, plus highlights and multi-screen selection for game-hopping.

    Now, I would need at least 5 different subscriptions, each on a different app. So changing the "channel" for a different game means waiting through a loading screen, picking the NFL channel in that app, and waiting for the feed to pick up.

    This is progress?

    (Fortunately or not, Fantasy Football ruined my enjoyment of the game, so I can ignore this nonsense, but the issue remains: cable TV was an effective aggregator of content, and if only there had been competition to keep prices in check, we wouldn't be facing the fragmented market we have now.)

  • Dec 11th, 2020 @ 6:08am

    Re: Re: Don't forget about AT&T and Tegna

    If only I lived two block to the east or north - I could get ATT&T Fiber.

    Comcast tore up yards and sidwalks for six months earlier this year, but their fiber service won't start for another 6-8 months in my neighborhood.

    Those are my options: AT&T glorified DSL (uverse) or Comcast "xfinity".

    I have an antenna for each TV in the house, just for the local news and hurricane coverage.

    Everything is interconnected: broadband services, old copper lines, retrans fees, cord cutting, streaming, hidden costs.

    Just imagine if we had to buy oils changes or other services the same way we "buy" internet service.

  • Dec 10th, 2020 @ 6:49am

    Don't forget about AT&T and Tegna

    Same deal: Uverse and other AT&T "cable" customers lost the Tegna network earlier this month, and it's still out. In my area, that means BOTH NBC and ABC are off the menu, as Tegna owns the local affiliates for both networks.

    The only reason I even have uverse TV is that it's cheaper to get the package deal for unlimited data, than to get just internet and pay extra.

    Everything's connected.

  • Sep 3rd, 2020 @ 9:14am

    copypasta

    Copypasta isn't at all unusual with even legitimate grassroots efforts. Work with any group that has anything more than a handful of volunteers, and you'll see a large number of supporters who really do care, just not enough to paraphrase the suggested language and personalize the message.

    Ask any legislator how many duplicate emails they get any time any advocacy group puts out a "call to action," from the NRA to the Sierra Club to a local home-schooling group.

    Doesn't mean AT&T isn't slimy. Doesn't mean the FCC's "Public Comment" system isn't defective. But it does mean that maybe some of these groups are willing to support AT&T, because mutual support is mutual.

  • Sep 2nd, 2020 @ 6:27am

    Disinformation Abounds

    Just gonna leave this here:

    Julia Ioffe is a Russian-born American journalist who covers national security and foreign policy topics for GQ. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New Republic, Politico, and The Atlantic.

    She should have known better.

  • Aug 14th, 2020 @ 5:58am

    I just Don't Understand (again)

    Lawyer: Does something sleazy
    Judge: Prove it wasn't sleazy by Monday
    Lawyer (on Monday): Fuck you
    Judge: Prove it wasn't sleazy, and I'll give you till Friday
    Lawyer: Fuck you
    Judge: OK, this time I'm serious. Prove it wasn't sleazy, by a week from Tuesday, or ELSE
    Lawyer: Ignores order
    Judge: OK, time for a benchslap. (Details all the sleazy business, and adds details of previous orders.) Now do what I tell you, or sanctions may follow.
    Lawyer: Yawn. Here's a scrap of napkin from two years ago with a drawing of dickbutt.
    Judge: ???

    Meanwhile ...
    Normally law-abiding citizen (let's call him Tom): Underpays his taxes by $8.41
    Judge: That's enough! Sell his house!

  • Jul 31st, 2020 @ 7:43am

    Cord-cutting is under-reported

    I know, anecdote =/= data, but ...
    I wanted to cut the cord and go streaming-only, but AT&T caps on speed and data would have jumped my monthly bill 120%. AT&T kept a TV subscriber with creative billing.

    As long as I continue to pay for Uverse TV, my bill actually went down. I get the cheapest TV package, but that "allows" me to have their "best" internet (DSL? Really? in 2020?) with unlimited data, and keeps my bill around $75 total.

    My only other option is Comcast, which is installing fiber in the neighborhood, but plans to roll out fiber sometime mid-next year - and at twice the price I'm paying now.

  • Jul 21st, 2020 @ 9:31am

    (untitled comment)

    Not sure whether to mark this as funny, insightful, or spam.

  • Jul 20th, 2020 @ 12:15pm

    No wonder George floyd hated cops

    An earlier story on Gritsforbreakfast also mentioned that Gerald Goines was the arresting officer for one of George Floyd's busts. Floyd even said during his final arrest, "I'm nervous around cops, because bad things happen."

    I'd suggest that Floyd's death is at least partly due to his experience at the hands of Corrupt Cop Gerald Goines.

  • Nov 1st, 2019 @ 10:07am

    I'd quit AT&T if i could.

    But my only other option is Comcast, which is verifiably worse.

    My bill jumped $32 last month... evidently PART of my discount expired. And after 28 minutes chatting with a rep, I discovered I can't cancel any part of my service without calling their 800 number.

    monopolies suck.

  • Sep 13th, 2019 @ 7:41am

    Who's naming these laws in maine?

    I mean, what kind of acronym do you get from "An Act To Expand Options for Consumers of Cable Television in Purchasing Individual Channels and Programs"?

    AATEOFCOCTIPICP?

    I propose

    Freeing Up Cable Kicks Communities Over the Moon; Competition Accelerates Super Television

  • Sep 11th, 2019 @ 11:21am

    And the haystack gets bigger

    Look at the reviews for the app - there are a LOT of people downloading it (and leaving reviews) expressly to junk up the data.

  • Aug 22nd, 2019 @ 6:03am

    Not surprised Dan Amos is a signatory

    Dan Amos is front and center of the signatory list - hardly surprising, as Aflac treat their employees (apart from the sales team, for the most part) very well, and treats their customers as well.

    Aflac stock is up 80% over the past 5 years, and is consistently recognized as a best place to work, most ethical, eco-friendly company.

    Now, if only the CEOs of the the Toxic 500 would learn these lessons...

    disclosure: worked there for 5 years and only left because the family moved.

  • Aug 7th, 2019 @ 11:49am

    Re: As a one time Nielsen household

    Nielsen has been going door-to-door in my neighborhood for months. I've told at least three reps face-to-face that i'm not interested, I don't support what they do, I'm not going to fill out logs, and they can't remotely monitor what I'm watching.

    Still, every few weeks a new team of reps (always two people) ring my doorbell, freak out about my large, loud (and overly friendly) dog, and then have to listen to my diatribe.

    Evidently they're paying people now (not enough, no matter how much it is), and I'm "perfect" for them as I stream and watch locals OTA.

    Having spent my career in marketing and having relied on Nielsen ratings in the past, they can burn and all their employees can find work at Wal-mart.

  • Jul 26th, 2019 @ 5:02am

    So, what did they find?

    Surely, with 5 warrants, phone records, physical searches, and all this investigatory activity the police have uncovered who the journalist got his tip from.

    Of course, they can't actually prosecute or even reprimand whoever they caught, because:
    a) Badge and/or government employee
    b) fruit of the poisoned tree

    Or are they incompetent, in addition to being unethical perjurors?

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