Why does this have to be so hard?

Posted: December 3, 2008 in Computing, General, House, Movies/TV/Music

We have two HDTVs now (a 42″ and a 32″), but the only High Def device we own is the Xbox360. To be honest I haven’t had a huge issue with watching standard def stuff on TV… and I consider myself a technology geek. It’s not that I’m against getting HD channels, it just seems expensive, plus I really enjoy time shifting everything we watch with our ReplayTV (big fan!)

Here’s the thing though, I fucking hate Comcast. They are, by far, one of the worst service providers I’ve ever known. To call my internet service unreliable may be an understatement. Sometimes I’ll loose internet for hours (or days), or sometimes I’ll just lose it for 30 seconds (usually every ten minutes). Lately, I’ve been getting horrible latency. I haven’t been able to play any online games in over a year now because I constantly get hiccups and end up getting booted from the game.

At least the TV seems halfway decent (although I got sick to death of the Comcast commercials that they would insert that they couldn’t bother to normalize the volume for), getting HD from them is going to just add to an already outrageous bill for TV.

I wish I could dump this pig, but even though AT&T finally offers DSL to my home, it’s their most basic service which is marginally faster than dial-up. So I can either settle for unreliable fast internet, or slow internet. I can’t get their new Uverse service (which sounds just about perfect for my needs).

I’ve settled on the idea that we’re going to move to satellite TV (probably using Dish, because they have the best hardware and the best price). I don’t know if I’m even going to dabble with DSL until I can be assured of a higher bandwidth (although at $15 a month it might be worth getting as an experiment).

Why does this have to be so hard?


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