Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Dear Comcast

Dear Comcast,

I hate you. I hate you so very, very much. This is no ordinary hate. I confess I say that I hate a lot of things. In comparison to what I feel right now, those have to be downgraded to "mild dislike". To be fair, I hate all cable monopolies. But Comcast, I hate you most of all. Why? Because you're the monopoly I have to deal with. Here's why I hate you...

My wife and I bought ourselves an HD television for Christmas. We don't watch TV all that much, but we figured that when we do watch it'd be nice to watch it on something bigger and sharper than our old TV. I hooked it up, and much to my surprise we started to get new channels! Wow! My wows soon turned to curses after a couple weeks pass, and I learned that you are now taking away digital channels from my cable package. Bastards. I can now see one out of four major networks in HD. (PBS doesn't count, though I get two of those in HD. Whoop-dee-shit.)

"Just upgrade!" you say. You know, if you gave me the option to upgrade so that I could see the networks I might just consider it. Or if you gave me the option to have a cable package that has channels I may actually watch, and not 100 channels of crap. But you don't give me that option. The upgrade you so gleefully want me to buy is EIGHT TIMES what I'm paying now. I'm not kidding, and I don't suck at math. EIGHT. TIMES. "Fuck you!" is far, far too short of a phrase to completely describe how I feel. Even if I stretch out every single letter until the veins stick out on my forehead.

So, I used part of our Christmas present to buy an indoor antenna. I'm currently trying to find the best place to put it where it will get the most channels. I'd *like* to put it deep in the heart of Texas of the CEO of Comcast or whoever decided to take channels away from their customers. I don't think I'd be alone in that regard. Hell, I'll buy two of them and give the same treatment to the person who thought that half of the channels we get should be in Spanish. But that's a whole other rant right there.

In conclusion, I'd like to say once again: Comcast, I hate you.

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