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Old 03-19-2010, 09:08 PM   #1
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This is a little OT, but again i have found myself in a heated argument with my wife due to poor reception on a few of her Comcast cable channels. About every 6 months or so, she loses reception and has to call comcast to "boost" the signal on the box in our livingroom. Usually it dont help and the tech comes out to try and improve the signal. The cable tech, of course blames it on my wiring between the home theatre components (which by the way we rarely ever use) and a splitter that has been in there for years, as he fiddles with some handheld device, but leaves with everything working top notch with my cables as originally installed. The coax & HDMI cables are of a name brand (from lowes) but no, not "monstercable", as i consider that brand overpriced and unnecessary. How can it be that we recieve a fine signal for months, and w/o touching ANYTHING, all of a sudden its my rigging causing the problem?

Is a satellite TV system this sensitive also? I might consider satellite service instead.

I told her im gonna rip out all the Hometheatre components (sony) and put it on craigslist, she can have Comcast wire her DVD player of choice so i cant be blamed next time...

Any Advise? Thanks.....
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I've only experienced satellite with friends. I don't know if it was just their particular services but it seemed that changing the channel took a few seconds which I found a little frustrating. I stay with cable to save on internet. I never had any reception problems with Comcast. The only thing I consistently had was that my internet connection would die about two times a week and I would have to reset everything.

I hated Comcast until I ended up having to switch to a less popular cable company. I now pay $10 more a month than I did with Comcast, get less HD, and no On Demand. I would love to go back.
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I've only experienced satellite with friends. I don't know if it was just their particular services but it seemed that changing the channel took a few seconds which I found a little frustrating. I stay with cable to save on internet. I never had any reception problems with Comcast. The only thing I consistently had was that my internet connection would die about two times a week and I would have to reset everything.

I hated Comcast until I ended up having to switch to a less popular cable company. I now pay $10 more a month than I did with Comcast, get less HD, and no On Demand. I would love to go back.
Yeah we do have a package deal with Comcast and i also experience internet outages as you mentioned (usually when im within a few minutes at auction end of bidding on an item i really want on e-bay), but overall the internet service isnt too bad.
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What about cable would be a headache? I absolutely love my HD and DVR setup from Comcast.
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In 2001, we moved to our current home and the, then, cable supplier never showed up, after repeated calls, to hook up service.

I called DirecTV and ordered their satellite service for 3 TVs in our home. We had to buy the converter boxes and home wiring. The picture was very good except during thunderstorms and heavy wet snow falls when the picture was lost.

When they started offering TIVO, they said they would have to rewire our home (the wiring was only 3 years old) and would charge us $300 for wiring.

I called Charter Cable (our area's new cable provider) and they quickly hooked up our now 4 TVs for install price of $15. They later installed Cable Internet at less than 1/2 DirecTV's quoted price and 5 time greater speed. We later added their telephone service at 1/3 of what we were paying AT&T.

We have had excellent service and now have added DVR and 8 gegabyte internet all for the price we were previously paying Charter. We have never had TV interruption from storms as we experienced with satellite service.

I recommend cable.
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What about cable would be a headache? I absolutely love my HD and DVR setup from Comcast.
Having to clean out everything from this heavy wood cabinet for the 4th time so the tech can get to the wall outlet, as you cant slide it on carpet. And of course, the problem wont be back there again. I already rewired the coax straight from the comcast box to the TV, but her channels still wont come in.

It seems like 8 out of 10 houses in my neighborhood have a dish attached to the roof so i was just curious if they fare better.
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I honestly think that some areas of the country fare better with Dish over cable. It could have something to do with the age (capacity) of the cable in the area.
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The cable tech, of course blames it on my wiring between the home theatre components (which by the way we rarely ever use) and a splitter that has been in there for years, as he fiddles with some handheld device, but leaves with everything working top notch with my cables as originally installed. The coax & HDMI cables are of a name brand (from lowes) but no, not "monstercable", as i consider that brand overpriced and unnecessary.


I had something similar to this happened when we first used Comcast Digital Cable. We needed a tech to come out and help since my work did not get us a whole lot of channels after I set it up(they gave us the boxes and a set-up guide which was so easy). he put boosters in and it helped a little bit until the picture was not that great. I talked to someone about it and ended up getting some new coax for inside. The gold coax worked better than the copper since there was less resistance on the wire than the copper. See if your coax is made of copper or Gold before you get some gold plated. I purchased some from Radio Shack and the price varies depending on length. Works fine.

Just my idea after reading it.
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What about cable would be a headache? I absolutely love my HD and DVR setup from Comcast.
My biggest complaint with Comcast when I had them is you would consistently hear, with no exaggeration, this:

Comcast: For technical support, press *:
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Comcast: Your estimated wait time is 55 minutes

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Me: * (Always tested it out when I heard 55+ minutes)
Comcast: Thank you for calling Comcast! This is Brad, how may I help you?
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