Yeah, my wife started to really notice lately. If this junk continues I'll ditch cable TV altogether. We're looking for ways to save more cash anyways. I've already called them once and threatened to leave; I ended up with most channels + most of the movie channels, but it's like maybe $40 bucks cheaper than I had been paying. Heck for what I paid for at least 2-3 months they've already made up what was lost for this entire year. With that amount of cash being paid out you'd think they listen to their customers. Most people don't understand how the entire TV System is setup (ie: Networks, Cable Companies, Advertisers, et. al.) While it is an intricate system it doesn't have to be that way and it certainly doesn't mean that Comcast has to bow down to those higher up the food chain. Comcast is the one that has the keys to the customers (ie: the cash flow *into* that system). If customers wanted TV Free and then decided to walk if they didn't get then the whole system would fall apart. Honestly I don't see how Advertisers even get paid anymore. I certainly don't buy stuff based on TV Ads. I read articles or I shop based on price using paper ads (from a newspaper) or based on prices within the store. TV for most people these days is for: background noise, snoozing to, Education (to a degree), and for winding down. Ads are a distraction to all of the above. I certainly don't want to fast-forward at a snails pace when I want to get to near the end of a show because I've seen the rest of it previously.
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Joe, I'm glad you answered this question to some degree. However it would be in Comcast's interests to vie for their customers. Comcast is the middle man in this whole deal, if it wants to stay relevent with my generation (80s-90s gen) they better start to listen to customer complaints and make changes. My generation is hard to please and is very savvy with the internet, hence why HULU, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc continue to gain market share. Being the middle man Comcast is in a position that allows them to negotiate stricter rules for their customers. Comcast holds the key to the viewers and thus the cash for the marketing folks and in turn the Networks, not the other way around. Comlaints won't go to the networks, but to Comcast. Consumers don't pay the networks directly and everyone "in the industry" knows this.
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