If Your Cable Company Were Honest, This Is What Its Commercial Would Look Like

from the well-done dept

You may have already seen this, as it seems to be getting passed around everywhere this morning, but for those of you with actual important stuff to do all day, you may have missed this amusing mock cable company commercial from what Extremely Decent Films has dubbed "The First Honest Cable Company." It is marginally NSFW depending on your work environment and their likelihood of being offended by a the occasional swear word or vague reference to a sexual act.
Just a snippet of the transcript in case you can't watch the video right now:
You'll have the option of choosing from several of our completely unwarranted ripoffs, including internet speeds almost 200 times slower than Korea... at twice the price. TV packages with over 500 channels, 90% of which you can't view and we guarantee a plethora of hidden fees. Then our barely trained technicians will come to install your service somewhere between the hours 8am and 10 pm, knock once while you're in the shower, and promptly leave.... Why you ask? We're part of what is called an "oligopoly." It's like a monopoly... only legal!
Good stuff.

Filed Under: cable companies, oligopoly, truth in advertising

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    Chosen Reject (profile), 29 Mar 2013 @ 12:29pm

    Re: very funny, fortunately doesn't fit my experience

    That's not 1%. That's what things should be like. If you are with Comcast, my bet is you get somewhere around 20 Mbps down, and you are paying ~$45/month for it, giving you about $2.25/Mbps. My HOA (I know, it's awful, etc) provides 100Mbps down and 20Mbps up for $55 ($0.55/Mbps), alerts us to when there will be planned outages (around 2am when they occur, which is rarely) and has only had one unplanned outage in a couple of years. I've had Comcast, Qwest, and some weird Verizon bastard child thing. I never liked any of their customer service, though I admit I rarely had to deal with it more than setup and disconnect. It's just that what I get now is actually worth the money.

    Not to rub it in, but I'm pretty sure my ISP hasn't agreed to the 6-strikes plan either, so there's that. I've also not noticed any filtering (I got some amazing speeds on a couple of linux distro torrents).

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