I spoke with a large retail provider of Roku boxes about this issue. According to him, Comcast has "lost almost 50%" of their revenues by people looking to be creative with the few dollars they make or those who want keep up with the technological curve. By not allowing you to interact with your Roku box on your tv - you have to keep your cable box! The more upgrades or channels you have, the more rent they can charge you for your box. That simple! They'd be wiser to offer an option that allows you to 1) select al-a-carte stations that you can't get on Roku and 2) stream directly from your internet connection without the necessity of the cable box itself. I'm a news junkie and want my local news as it's broadcast. I can't get that on Roku, nor can I live-stream online, hence, I'm keeping my cable account. I'll be downgrading it to the absolute basic because the other choice is to pay $200/month for services I no longer need. There's really nothing in between that offers the options I'd be interested. So... cancel the triple bundle? Nope - they still have me there. I need my internet and apparently I need my cable. Why? Because I received a message from the ABC app on my i-pad yesterday stating that effective January 6th, I was going to have to log in through my cable provider in order to watch any and all content. Apparently the large providers have lobbied the networks effectively and this is one more way to force people to buy cable. Does anyone remember "going digital" meant everyone had to have a box to descramble the signals? I do! I had to help my 93 year old neighbors set up their new cable box, etc. because they couldn't receive any channels. With all due respect, every few years, the big corporations like Comcast (sorry, Moderator) figure out new ways to get more money from us even though the economy is in the toilet and we don't have any more to give! Maybe they'll next get into being a cell provider! That's where the money is! Come on, Comcast! Work WITH us, not against! Please??!!!
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