Today I received a notice in the mail that Comcast will be raising our cable by about %6 in the next few months. In our house we only have the Expanded Basic service and no boxes. We do not have digital or HD service. We watch HD via the over the air signal from the local Philly stations and have two HD Tivo that we record on. In our cable bill we are paying for at least 25 stations we NEVER watch a minute of programming on. We also have a Netflix account and watch quite a bit of Netflix Instant Watch. Because all of the cable and satellite providers refuse to offer a-la-carte programming I am seriously considering cutting back to an even more basic service and watching shows via the internet.
Cable providers refusing to allow you to choose which stations you actually want to receive is akin to going to a restaurant and being forced to purchase the left-side of the menu, even if all you want is soup and salad. I asked @ComcastCares why a-la-carte service was not available, I was told that they simply do not offer the service at this time. Now, if it were a technology issue, the answer would have simply been we are not capable of offering that at this time. Last year we lost G4 from our service. This was a channel I actually watched, so why couldn’t I give up FOX News, Lifetime, Style or one of the other nets I don’t want in exchange.
All I want is to pay for what I watch. I would just like the cable/satellite providers to offer real options and stop keeping networks that people don’t want afloat. I will seriously look at this in my household over the next few months and see which channels we actually watch.