We moved into a new neighborhood that was in its first stage of construction. After we got our keys, we got our homeowner's package, and included were two ads: one from Comcast and one from AT&T, both offering "specials" to get us hooked up.
Comcast "won" out for its $88/mo (HAHAHAHA) special, but when we called, we were shocked to find out they didn't have service in our area at all.
When I questioned why they were advertising in an area they weren't even servicing, I was told they were just the sales rep. I told the rep: "You work for a horrible, horrible company. Put me down as a 'Never, ever call this customer' and have a great day."
I hung up, vowing never to be a Comcast customer. Ever.
We then called AT&T, and told us that while they had plans for service, they had to wait for the contractor's final approval. They had it within the hour, and that very day, AT&T had service at our new home.
Of course, not to say AT&T doesn't have its issues, but honestly, aside from their price gouging (how their $99 special went to $159, for example), they've been pretty much a decent ISP in terms of correcting issues.
Comcast, not only should the company take notes, but it would do better to serve the people of this country by selling off its assets and closing its doors forever.
The only reason Comcast has customers is because most don't have a choice when it comes to ISP selection.
The FCC isn't moving fast enough to fix the problems plaguing this country, and I'm not just talking about broadband access.
Honestly, they can keep their streams. The fact it took them this long to remove blackouts (and that's only because the FCC pretty much forced them to) clearly shows this isn't about giving fans what they want.
When they do stream, the backlash will be tremendous. It's not going to go the way people think it will.
This is the NFL we're talking about. Have they done anything right lately?
Personal note: I'm really appalled anyone would still find this sport appealing, given it should be more aptly called the National Felony League.
I need to remind readers of something: Iwata has been the head of Nintendo for many years now. This is the same guy as saying:
"High Definition? Our consumers don't care for HD." - Result: The Wii, while a very great seller for Nintendo, now holds several "records", such as: Console with the lowest amount of published titles (of an active company), including its own N64, fastest loss of developer support in gaming history, and consumers left with a paper weight since the company itself ditched its own system for one with HD.
"Our customers don't want online gaming." Result: Yeah, those Friend Codes were such a great idea. /sarcasm
In fact, nothing Iwata has done, since taking the lead role, has done any good for Nintendo, which still remains nothing short than a company who offers gimmicks.
Such a shame, because they can still command some of the best games on the market, even if that market is the size of a pinhead.
PS: Nintendo is already working on its latest console. Huh. I wonder why.
Until Nintendo fires Iwata, this isn't the Nintendo we grew up with.
Want to know what's synonymous with DRM? Cheap quality.
A few years ago, we bought a Maytag washing machine. You know, the heavily-marketed brand of appliance we all trusted growing up?
Well, the "DRM" in this case was plastic gears. That's right, the heavily used parts to force agitation in the washing machine were made of plastic, and over a very, very short time span, would find themselves ground down to nothing.
We decided to negate the top-loading washer for a front-load, as the salesman, who used to work for Maytag, stated even he wouldn't buy today's new washer.
Sorry for the long winded story, but there is a point here: today's goddamn business model is shortening the life of a product, intentionally, so the revenue stream never ends.
This has nothing to do with DRM. It has everything to do with greed.
Two things Netflix did to change the world when it comes to watching a TV show:
-It removed 22 minutes of ads despite being a paid service. Hulu + and cable television can't even come close to doing the same thing.
-It put the power of viewing in my control, allowing me to actually enjoy watching shows again.
Remember NBC's "Thursday Night Must See TV"? Yeah, so do I, and it was HORRIBLE. Unless you had an accompanying guide (most had TV guide), you had absolutely no control what episode aired that evening. Repeat? Pushed back because of a long-running football game?
Then there was the idiocy of the "break", where weeks would go by without any new show, allowing the very few people who didn't own a VCR/DVR to "catch up".
The entire television industry was broken since the 50s. It's thanks to technology it finally fixed itself so a show can be enjoyed, not aired based on when advertisers wanted eyeballs to their products.
There are plenty in this industry who should take notes from Netflix. Right, Hulu?