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  1. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 month ago

    Get a satellite dish if you can. Thousands of totally free channels (and even a few in English). And most Chinese peasants have satellite TV, so if they can afford it, why can’t Americans?

  2. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, about 1 month ago

    I had cable for a few months back in the early 1980’s. I watched the installer put it in. He grounded it with a 5 foot (1.5m) rod driven into the ground beside the house. If primary had fallen on the main cable we’d have all had 2400 volts in our houses. That puny ground rod would have simply sizzled and festered. Most neighborhoods in the US are 7200 phase to ground. They would have BIG fireworks and burned down houses.
    Anyway, after the novelty wore off I found that I wasn’t watching anything that I couldn’t get with my roof antenna and better with my roof antenna compared to cable. I called them to take it out.

  3. AlexanderTheGoodEnough

    AlexanderTheGoodEnough said, about 1 month ago

    A heartwarming and true story:

    Back in the year of ‘97, I’d finally had it with galloping cable rates (over $30/mo?!? No way!!), so I called them and told ‘em to turn it off. A couple of days later the company’s workers went on strike. The bills stopped, but a month later, a year later and even ten years later, my TV still got basic & std. cable reception, all I’d ever had in the first place. But I rarely watched it; why would anyone? Then, a few years ago, the cable co. went all digital and my reception ended. No problem. Now I have a fine roof antenna and fast DSL internet. It’ll be a cold day in Heck…

  4. Adrian Snare

    Adrian Snare said, about 1 month ago

    @Clark Kent

    Do you receive TCM ?
    History ?
    YES !
    I know that these can be improved 2400%.
    As I see it, lightening would fry the “puny” cable long before any 1.5 meter rod..
    Its 2014, we should be “talking” in metrics by now…
    So, what good is satelite ?
    5 channels in English, no telephone, no internet …?

    I think that the cables should be in the public domain…and underground, along with the other ugliness.

  5. AlnicoV

    AlnicoV said, about 1 month ago

    It’s past time to start regulating Comcast like any other utility.

  6. Stipple

    Stipple said, about 1 month ago

    @Adrian Snare

    My dish picks up 634 channels, all but two of them are in english.
    There are lots of satellites in the sky, aiming at a foreign language satellite will garner channels in foreign languages.
    Aim at western satellites and get english.

    Shakes head in disbelief

  7. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 month ago

    @Clark Kent

    Things have changed since the 1980’s. I am happy with ATT-Uverse, not with ComCast.
    Mergers mean closer to monopoly and loss of jobs. Why has our govt been creating Trusts instead of busting them?

  8. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, about 1 month ago


    Agree – very happy w/ATT-Uverse, bundled with phone, data, and internet service at $99/month. Time-Warner and Comcast truly suck – in content, price, and offerings. Many families cannot have dish because they live in apartments or condos, or can only choose the cable available to them in their area.
    Why has our govt been creating Trusts instead of busting them?
    Not so much creating them as allowing them. Not a rhetorical question, but I don’t know how to answer that one. I’m sure Overtaxed will find a way to weirdly spin this into a diatribe about Socialists, Harley will blame Obama, and ConserveGov will assert the gov has no business deciding the merger of titans.

  9. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 1 month ago


    Very good question Night-Gaunt, a large trust is easier to control with a carrot and stick approach. If you have a monopoly you need to manage it, but if only one company complains about over-regulation who cares.

  10. Tigger

    Tigger GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 month ago

    @Michael wme

    They’re not free, you have to pay a fee to the Dish Provider, The only true Free TV is using an external TV Antenna or internal “Rabbit Ears” to pick up local TV Stations. I have been using "Rabbit Ears: since October 2013

  11. Tigger

    Tigger GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 month ago

    I have AT&T U-Verse for Land Line Phone Service and Internet Service. Unlimited minutes and I can call any number in USA and talk as long as I want free.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 month ago

    @CCNJ's say the sky is falling

    Why is it you can’t see the real problems and ask questions that are not in evidence or real? Why do cons hate libs who make money?

  13. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 1 month ago

    Those who refuse to study history! Remember G.U.M., the old department store monopoly, famous for long lines and shoddy products? That’s where we are headed. The USSR will have won the cold war after all.

  14. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, about 1 month ago

    Cable TV franchises, when the sign exclusive agreements with municipalities, ARE regulated like other utilities. And just like you’re water or electric service, when they ask for an increase in fees, they go through a “review process” and then the increase is rubber stamped. That’s the problem. (Well, just one of the problems. And to be fair, some of those increases are forced by channels demanding more money for the right to carry them. But not all of the increases.)

    KLARK KANT: That 5 foot ground rod was out of code, but that didn’t stop my system from using them. They need to be 8 feet, and bonded to the electric system. (Even then, unscrupulous installers would cut them in half and bury only 2 1/2 feet of rod, but we had rocky, hard soil, and people are lazy. And we never bonded to electric, either, because if electric was accessible, why would you pound in a rod?) Better was to use cold water or house electric’s ground. But I’ve got news for you: it doesn’t matter much. I went to a house that was grounded to electric, that got hit by a lightning strike. Blew the chimney off, fried everything electronic in the house, then followed the cable line out of the house into the street, leaving a ditch in it’s path. Moral: Nothing’s going to protect you from a lightning strike.

  15. markjoseph125

    markjoseph125 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 month ago

    Just turn the boob tube off.

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