Troubleshooting Xbox One Kinect Voice Commands

The Xbox One Kinect is cool. It offers hands-free voice controlled operations within the home to go to games, apps, or TV channels. For example, it’s actually kind of satisfying when you say, “Xbox, record that”, and it auto records the last 30 seconds of gameplay without having to double-tap the home button and then press X (or whatever button it is).

Well, a better statement is that it is cool except for when it isn’t. The Kinect sensor doesn’t perform well in noisy-kid environments. It seems that any amount of ambient noise from someone doing the dishes to a kid laughing, coughing, whining, or screaming (of course) prevents the sensor from picking up your voice commands. There is nothing more frustrating when you are trying to mute the Xbox so that you can hear someone in the other room talking to you, but it can’t register your mute command because of the someone in the other room who is talking.

My thoughts on the Kinect aside, I wanted to share some troubleshooting that I have done recently to figure out why Xbox would take me to VH1 when I was trying to go to beINSport USA, which I referenced in passing in a former post.

When I experienced the issue, I first turned to self-help resources. I went to Settings > Kinect > I moved my Kinect sensor. I re-calibrated but to no avail. I then went to Troubleshoot Voice Commands. These steps did not resolve it. I Tweeted Xbox support, but the steps they provided did not resolve the issue, so they referred me to their phone support. I spent an hour on the phone with their support staff, and they concluded that I needed a new sensor.

They were wrong.

I tested my sensor on my Day One Edition console after taking it off of my Elite one, and it worked perfectly to take me to beINSport USA.

I bought a new Kinect to have it with my Elite console, and–at first–it had the same issue. I thought it was environmental initially, but that didn’t make sense because the Day One console and Kinect worked perfectly fine in the same exact spot as the Elite console and new Kinect.

Then I realized it could be my satellite box. I power-cycled it. Issue persisted.

Then I realized it could be my pronunciation. I realized that I could say, “Xbox, select”, and it would pull up the existing channel and show the voice command on the top right to get to it. So, I manually selected the channel in the full guide and then used the aforementioned voice command. It showed me, “Watch beIN Sport”. I was not slightly pausing between beIN and Sport! So, I went to NBC and then invoked this watch command–and it worked!

The troubleshooting step here is to ensure you are following the appropriate voice command with exact pronunciation and pauses.

For example, “Xbox, go to Minecraft” will not work. Instead, use, “Xbox, go to Minecraft Xbox One Edition”.

In my specific case, “Watch beINSport” is not the same as “Watch beIN Sport”. The space must be followed.

However, colons should be ignored. “Xbox, go to Halo: The Master Chief Collection” is simply stated, “Xbox, go to Halo The Master Chief Collection”.

So, for troubleshooting voice commands, remember to be exact and follow commas and spaces but ignore colons. When you are not sure what the command is, think literally and entirely. For games and apps, you must say the name exactly how it is listed in your Games & Apps. For TV channels, manually go to the desired channel and then say, “Xbox, select”, and take note of the voice command listed to the top right as it will be the exact one needed to get the Kinect to that specific channel in the future.

With these tips in mind, I bid you success in using and troubleshooting your Xbox One Kinect!

Best Buy customer for life

In my recent Xbox One Elite debacle, I had to go to Best Buy to swap out my bundle. I figured I would pick up an external drive while I was there.

I found a G-Drive 1TB 7200 RPM USB 3 & Thunderbolt portable drive for $65.99.

When I was checking out, it rang up as $179.

I immediately coughed up a chicken bone and said that I thought the drive was like $70 or $80.

The customer service representative asked me to show him. We walked over to the drives and we found the same unit sitting there under the $65.99 price tag. He said that he would take care of the difference.

I love Best Buy. They have good policies and, in my experience, they do right by the customer. I’ll be their customer for life!

Xbox One Elite: cool product, questionable support

I recently purchased an Xbox One Elite bundle as I wanted to plunge into a nice, premium controller.

My experience with the controller has had mixed emotions.

On the one hand, I like the features. Programming the buttons and paddles, adjusting the center LED brightness, saving 2 profiles—it’s all so cool!

On the other hand, I experienced a defective left-bottom paddle (P4) that was loose for some unknown reason. When I went to get it replaced under warranty within a couple of days of purchasing the bundle, Microsoft Xbox Support charged me to replace them. I didn’t understand it initially, but I later found out that the paddles are not covered by the warranty and neither are they covered for defective craftsmanship out of the box, which I found to be disconcerting. By the way, with tax they come out to $16.28 to replace.

I also had an issue where my new Xbox One Elite console was not working correctly with my Day One Edition Kinect Sensor. I would say, “Xbox, watch beINSport”, and it would pull up VH1 instead and, sometimes, it would then automatically switch from VH1 to NBC. Bizarre behavior. However, if I reconnected the sensor to my Day One Edition Xbox One, it worked perfectly.

As a result, I exchanged my Xbox One Elite bundle at my point of sale. I will have to wait to get a new Kinect sensor and test it out with this Elite. However, much to my surprise, my new Elite controller has a defect out of the box—the right joy stick clicks upon rotation! I just cannot believe it!

So, I like the features, but I’m upset with the policies and support.

How can a premium product such as the Xbox One Elite controller not be flawless upon unboxing?

How can a premium product also not be fully covered from top to bottom under the one year limited warranty (barring accidental damage of course)?

This experience has left a bitter taste in my mouth. I trusted Xbox, and they let me down in material craftsmanship, quality control, and questionable support.

If you are in the market for a nice, premium controller, you may want to look elsewhere. I hear quality support is hard to come by with third-parties, but maybe the quality craftsmanship is better with a Scuf Infinity1 or something else.

Getting Right with Wright: A brief synopsis of the first three volumes of Christian Origins and the Question of God

I recently finished Jesus and the Victory of God (JVG), volume 2 in the Christian Origins and the Question of God series by N.T. Wright. Prior to that, I first read volume 3, The Resurrection of the Son of God (RSG), and later volume 1, The New Testament and the People of God (NTPG). Much like this blog post’s title, these books are rather lengthy. Not including the appendices, bibliographies, and other indices, they are 476, 662, and 738 pages for volumes 1-3, respectively. It took me several years to slog through these books, not because they are boring—on the contrary, Wright’s writing style is exceptionally engaging—but because I am a slow interactive reader. Now that I finished these 3 volumes, I need to save up to get the fourth, which is something like 1700 pages at the cost of about $80.

Before I dive into the next volume, Paul and the Forgiveness of God, I believe I should sum up the first 3 volumes for my own benefit to ensure that I am rightly following Wright. Below is my brief synopsis of the first three volumes of this series.

The New Testament and the People of God

The New Testament provides stories that show elements of praxis and symbols pertinent to the Second Temple First Century Judaism of which Jesus was included and out of which Christians emerged. As such, it is not a privatized spiritual guide but a public proclamation of a subversive narrative about a creator and the world. Indeed, “. . . history, literature and theology belong together” (NTPG 471). The story—history, literature, and theology—are “rooted in Israel’s past, and designed to continue into the world’s future” (476). In addition, the New Testament “repeated the Jewish claim: this story concerns not just a god but God. It revised the Jewish evidence: the claim is made good, not in national liberation, but in the events concerning Jesus” (476).

Jesus and the Victory of God

Jesus was a eschatological kingdom prophet/Messiah by vocation who

believed himself to be the focal point of the people of YHWH, the returned-from-exile people, the people of the renewed covenant, the people whose sins were now to be forgiven. He embodied what he had announced. He was the true interpreter of Torah; the true builder of the Temple; the true spokesperson for Wisdom. (JVG 538)

The result of his life, death, and resurrection was to bring about the return of the King—YHWH.

Now, in the conclusion to the volume, Wright states practically out of nowhere that the resurrection, however it is to be understood, was the validation for Jesus as Messiah and to give any relevance to his words and actions long after his death (659). He went on to state,

But if he was an eschatological prophet/Messiah, announcing the kingdom and dying in order to bring it about, the resurrection would declare that he had in principle succeeded in his task, and that his earlier redefinitions of the coming kingdom had pointed to a further task awaiting his followers, that of implementing what he had achieved. Jesus, after all, as a good first-century Jew, believed that Israel functioned to the rest of the world as the hinge to the door; what he had done for Israel, he had done in principle for the whole world. It makes sense, within his aims as we have studied them, to suppose that he envisaged his followers becoming in their turn Isaianic heralds, lights to the world. (660)

I believe volume 4 will be focused on Paul’s missionary work to be the light unto the world and to bring about Jesus’ vision for his followers to implement what he had achieved, but RSG is all about the resurrection, which he did not cover in JVG.

The Resurrection of the Son of God

History does not work in logical or mathematical proof theorems; it works in the probability of unrepeatable events. The resurrection is one such event, and Jesus’ resurrection as an event sufficiently and necessarily explains the later Christian belief about Jesus as the Son of God and not the other way around. No other explanation will suffice. The resurrection of the Son of God itself has three meanings. First, “Jesus is Israel’s Messiah. In him, the creator’s covenant plan, to deal with the sin and death that has so radically infected his world, has reached its long-awaited and decisive fulfillment” (RSG 728). Second, “The resurrection constitutes Jesus as the world’s true sovereign, the ‘son of god’ who claims absolute allegiance from everyone and everything within creation. He is the start of the creator’s new world: its pilot project, indeed its pilot” (731). And, third, “The resurrection . . . declares that Jesus really is God’s Son . . .” (735). He is what would later be described as the second person of the Trinity. The resurrection shows God’s involvement in his creation, that he exists and acts in space and time (735-6).

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace :: Time to regroup #KTBFFH

Well, 2015-2016 is off to an horrid start for Chelsea.

Here was our starting lineup:

Here were our available subs:

We opted to sub Willian off for Falcao, Azpilicueta off for Kenedy, and Matic off for Loftus-Cheek.

The recipe for last year’s success is not working this season, and we need to change things up right quick if we want to get a top 4 position as we have only earned 4 points from 4 games, and only 1 other team has let in more goals than we have.

Ivanovic is clearly the target, the way in behind our back line, the weak point through him our opponents know they will cause trouble and disarray. We should move Azpilicueta to Right Back and let Kenedy own Left Back, reserving Ivanovic for Center Back duties as a substitute or as a starting replacement for Cahill.

Fabregas is clearly misfiring. He is not the same player that he was last season. His passing is poor, and it is affecting the team. Replace him with Ramires ASAP.

Matic is off his game. He is not bossing the midfield like last season. If he doesn’t take the game by the scruff of the neck, our midfield will continue to fold to the opposition. Replace him with Mikel for the time being to shore up the midfield.

Hazard is haphazard. I’ve seen no real purpose or organization to his movement and passing. He just doesn’t look sharp, and he doesn’t look dangerous. I’m not sure if he can influence the game, but let Loftus-Cheek take over Hazard’s duties for now. [EDIT 8/29/15 9:36am Pacific] How did I forget about Oscar? Once he is available, he should take charge.[/EDIT]

Willian has been poor. He takes a lot of shots—none of which are on target. I would suggest pulling him off and switching formation to remove a 5th midfielder.

In lieu of the 5th midfielder, we can add on a 3rd forward. We could go with Pedro, Diego Costa, and Falcao up top:


Azpilicueta – Cahill – Terry – Kenedy

Ramires – Mikel – Loftus-Cheek

Falcao – Diego Costa – Pedro

That’s just my two-cents. Whether right or wrong, something has got to change, because our current strategy just isn’t working as we are falling flat on our face.

I couldn’t be more happy that a long international break is here. We need to regroup.


City 3 – 0 CFC

Well, it has been a long time since I last published a blog post.

It has been an even longer time since I last wrote about football.

But here I am today with a ton of time on my hands and a myriad of thoughts about the state of affairs for my beloved Chelsea—2 games into the 2015-2016 season with only 1 point of a possible 6 to show for it.

We lost today 3-nil away at Manchester City. To be frank, it was horrid.

Why did we line up as follows (I don’t know if this was the official setup, but these were all of the starters)?


Ivanovic – Cahill – Terry – Azpilicueta

Matic – Ramires

Willian – Fabregas – Hazard

Diego Costa

Sergio Aguero’s goal came due to a fatal error by Cahill. I thought he should have been subbed off at half; Mourinho instead opted to sub off Terry.

Ramires and Fabregas looked knackered. Fabregas was rather imprecise throughout. I thought that the two should be subbed by Cuadrado and Falcao, respectively, although I had forgotten about Remy, whom I feel is much more deserving than Falcao.

We lacked offensive. We lacked defensive. We were poor. That’s not exactly the compelling statement we want to kick off the season.

I should say that our worst game last year saw us lose 3-nil to West Brom, so it is entirely possible that we have gotten the worst of it over for the rest of the season. I realize that is highly optimistic, but I’d rather not be cynical.

Here were my comments on the game as I watched it. Note that around the time I felt like City were holding back, they ended up netting 2 more goals. Credit to them.

Here are some post-match musings through Twitter and the like.

I think something is wrong in the dressing room. It’s almost as if we are resting on our laurels or we have a sense of entitlement. Titles are earned; they are not given. Wake up, lads!

I’m confused by this excerpt. When I read the full article, I became more confused. Mourinho stated that Chelsea were the best side in the 2nd half, but it was City who scored twice in the latter half and not Chelsea. However, his final quote should be noted: “We couldn’t capitalize on the second half.” We couldn’t convert. We lacked offensive options, drive, determination, and will.

Per the full article, I agree: “Chelsea looked sluggish in midfield as Silva, Sterling and Toure ran rings around the, and they failed to find their rhythm in a rambunctious encounter.” Additionally, “. . . the reigning Premier League champions were most disappointing in midfield as Ramires, Hazard and Willian floated around without purpose and Nemanja Matic raced around like the Tasmanian Devil trying to put out fires in the engine room. His usual partner in crime, Cesc Fabregas, was nowhere to be seen and this display reeked of a man low in confidence and unable to live with the cut and thrust of his powerful opponents.” This game was lost in the midfield, allowing City to put the pressure on the back line, who capitulated 3 times.

This just hurts to see.

Meanwhile, we now signed a proper left back. I suspect that Ivanovich is going to be fighting for a center-back position between Cahill and Zooma, although Terry may be phased out as he is the slowest one of the lot. In Ivanovich’s old spot, Azpilicueta will move to the right back.

Well, Week 2 is over. Mourinho needs to sort things out in the locker room. We need to make a resounding comeback next week against West Brom next week—the very team we lost 3-nil to last year. I expect a strong, compelling, inspiring comeback next week against all odds just as Abramovich will, which I believe will motiviate Mourinho and his men.

Psalm 119:153-160

Psalm 119:153-160 all begin with resh (ר).

Look at my afflictions and rescue me
for I do not forget your laws.

Plead my legal cause and redeem me
let me live in your word.

Salvation is far from the wicked
for they do not seek your statutes.

Your mercy is great, oh Lord
let me live according to your justice.

Many are my persecutors and my adversaries
I have not stretched from your decrees.

I saw the treacherous ones and felt disgust
because they do not keep your word.

See that I love your precepts
Lord, let me live according to your steadfast love.

The sum of your word is truth
and every one of your righteous judgments is forever.

All About That Treble, No Bass: Upgrading Computer Audio to get that boom, boom, boom

Have you ever noticed that your personal computer’s audio lacks the bass necessary to round out the music you love? I have, and painfully so. In my quest to achieve a balanced audio spectrum from my computer, I have resorted to some affordable solutions, but the results have not always been the same. I want to help others learn about their options, so that they can upgrade their computer’s audio to get both crystal clear highs and deep booming lows. I myself have an Apple iMac computer. I have used one General Electric (GE) 5.1 system, one Klipsch THX-certified Promedia 2.1 system, and a custom 2.1 system using parts from AudioEngine and Pioneer. I will break down each system, so that you might learn what will work for you.

The GE 5.1 system was good for creating greater volume but was still all about that treble, no bass. Even though it had a subwoofer, it lacked any sort of power, and it’s undertones were really subverted. However, this system was only $50, which was perfect for a broke college student. If you are looking to simply add some volume with a little bit of bass, a system like this one might be just for you. However, if you are looking for some real power out of your subwoofer, you’ll need to get something more expensive, such as the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 system.

The Promedia 2.1 system is about $190. Like the GE system, it is an analog unit. It’s satellites deliver the crystal clear highs one would expect from a THX-certified system. It also delivers deep booming lows, after all it has 200W of power—35W to each satellite and 130W to the 6-inch subwoofer. It provides well rounded bass and treble. Personally, I found the best performance from this system when turning off my iTunes equalizer. If you want a moderately cost-effective 2.1 system that gives you great treble and decent bass, this system works well, especially for music and movies that do not include big sonic boom lows. However, for me, it was not enough, because I was used to hearing those lows from some of my favorite songs, such as, but not limited to, Hybrid Earth by ERRA (the boom occurs at 1:46), Lonely Giant by Elitist (the booms occur at 0:43 and 2:32), and A New Beginning by Threat Signal (the booms occur at 1:34; 2:44; 3:35; 3:42; 3:50; 3:58; 4:06; 4:14; and 4:18). I tried using the iTunes equalizer to no avail to compensate for the missing bass. I knew it was missing something by comparing it to the audio experience I have in my car, which has an 8-inch subwoofer. The lows are all there in these songs when in the car, so I expect it to be present when listening from my computer. So, I turned to a custom system featuring AudioEngine A2+ speakers and a Pioneer SW8 100W subwoofer.

The custom system with AudioEngine and Pioneer speakers provides crystal clear treble with deep booming bass. It came at a price, though still affordable. The AudioEngine A2+ speakers were $250 for the pair and the Pioneer SW8 was $160. Purchasing cables to connect the A2+ speakers to the subwoofer added an additional $20. In all, this setup cost $430. While the Klipsch was analog, the AudioEngine is both digital and analog. It came with the appropriate USB cable for a digital connection and a 3.5mm cable for an analog one. I am using the digital connection. The AudioEngine produces equal treble to that of the Promedia. However, where the Promedia 2.1 lacked in bass, this system more than makes up for it due to the Pioneer subwoofer. All the booms that I could not hear in my favorite songs with the GE and Klipsch speakers are now present. What is odd is that both the Promedia and the Pioneer subwoofers are both rated down to 38Hz. In theory, they both should be able to create the same deep booming lows. Yet, they do not. I believe it has to do with at least one of three factors. First, the Promedia featured a side-firing 6-inch cone while the Pioneer features a down-firing 8-inch cone. Second, the Promedia was a 6-inch cone while the Pioneer is a 8-inch cone. Either the down-firing subwoofer is superior or the 8-inch cone is superior. Finally, it could be the bigger enclosure in the Pioneer subwoofer. Maybe it is a combination of the three differences? All of these theories are merely conjectures, because I really do not know as I am not an audio engineer. However, in praxis, this system works. It costs more than twice that of the Klipsch, but the audio experience is perfect. If you are looking for a system that is affordable and hits both the highs and the lows regardless of a movie or a music file, this is the best system in my experience.

There we have it. For $50, the consumer can add more volume but not greater audio clarity, for less than $200, the consumer can get clearer treble and deeper bass, but, for less than $450, the consumer can get the full listening spectrum. My recommendation is to choose the system that best fits your price range and your listening needs. If you listen to jazz for example, you may not need the ability to hit those deep sonic booms. If all you do is watch YouTube clips on your computer, you might not even need a THX-certified system. Purchase according to your needs as well as your means, and you will be satisfied, but, if you want that boom, boom, boom, I would recommend the AudioEngine A2+ speakers along with the Pioneer SW8. It is a powerful yet still affordable combination that gives you balanced bass and treble through the full listening spectrum.

How to control iTunes volume completely independently from the system’s volume

Like me, do you ever want to control iTunes audio independently from the maximum audio of your system? I love audio. I love music. However, I also want balance between my system volume and my iTunes listening experience. I am happy to report that I have found the solution—AirPlay!

AirPlay is a media protocol over WiFi that Apple developed specifically to allow wireless streaming of music through iTunes. As a result, it will allow you to drive iTunes audio independently from your system’s volume.

Now, what will work with AirPlay? What are inexpensive as well as expensive means for using it?

I’ve been researching this stuff for a couple of months. This blog post documents my current findings. Maybe it will help you out, oh random reader.

I should mention that there are AirPlay speaker solutions. However, they typically do not have the latest Wireless N or Wireless AC technology. The moment you connect up a Wireless A, B, or G device to a Wireless N or Wireless AC network, it will reduce the quality of the network itself, which would be an undesired effect. Furthermore, these speakers and docks are typically expensive for what you get. Besides, said speakers and docks do not have good bass range in frequency response and driver abilities, nor do they have subwoofer outputs. If you want quality bass, you will want a different option, such as the ones below.

If you want AirPlay on the cheap, there is at least one solution. Get an AirPort Express and a 3.5mm mini to RCA cable. These will cost you about $120 total. Then, connect them up to your existing stereo as follows:

  • AirPort Express 3.5mm Output > 3.5mm mini to RCA cable > Existing stereo RCA input

iTunes will allow you to stream your music wirelessly to this Express. The volume is totally independent of your system, so it can be as loud as the stereo is set to, but iTunes can control the volume from within the application. You could set the stereo hardware to half volume and then adjust the software volume in iTunes or from the Remote app for iOS.

If you want a good AirPlay setup, which I would assume is a 2.1 speaker system, you might want to consider purchasing an AirPort Express, 3.5mm mini to RCA cable, a powered subwoofer, such as the Pioneer 8″ subwoofer, a subwoofer mono cable, and the iLive ITP180B soundbar (it happens to be an iPhone/iPod docking tower). The soundbar is cheap, but it has one rare feature: a subwoofer output. For the cost, you cannot go wrong. For the subwoofer, I would recommend an 8″ driver. Anything less is not going to get you the full range you would want (my Klipsch system has a 6″ driver, and I can attest that it does not give me all of the super low booms that my 8″ Pioneer subwoofer gives over AirPlay in a different room); anything more will be overkill. This setup would cost no more than $350, depending on the subwoofer you get and where you buy the gear (Amazon seems to have some great deals). The setup would be as follows:

  • AirPort Express 3.5mm Output > 3.5mm mini to RCA cable > iLive RCA Input; Subwoofer Output > Subwoofer cable > Subwoofer Left or Mono Input

The above setup is probably what I will be doing. I’m not made of money, so it is an appealing solution. However, I did figure out a premium solution that would replace my Klipsch setup and add AirPlay.

Purchase a 7.2 receiver with multi-zone capability and built-in AirPlay. You can connect your computer’s speakers through this setup as well as the AirPlay speakers in a separate—independent—zone. If money were no obstacle, here’s what I would do:

This gear would cost around $1200 depending on where it was purchased. Here’s how it would be set up:

  • Zone 1 (Computer speakers)
    • Input
      • Computer 3.5mm Output > 3.5mm mini to RCA cable > Pioneer Receiver RCA Input
    • Output
      • Pioneer Receiver Left, Right Speaker Outputs > 14-guage speaker wire > Pioneer Bookshelf Pair #1
      • Pioneer Receiver Subwoofer 1 Output > Subwoofer Cable > Pioneer Subwoofer #1 Left Input
  • Zone 2 (AirPlay speakers)
    • Input
      • AirPort Extreme LAN > Ethernet cable > Pioneer Receiver LAN
    • Output
      • Pioneer Satellite Left, Right > 14-guage speaker wire > Pioneer Bookshelf Pair #2
      • Pioneer Subwoofer 2 Output > Subwoofer Cable > Pioneer Subwoofer #2 Left Input

This setup is appealing to me, because I would be able to have control over the computer speakers as well as the AirPlay speakers from the same receiver, and then I would have a consistent aesthetic throughout. However, this setup comes at a high cost!

No matter how you do it, you can control iTunes volume independently via AirPlay. There are lots of options out there, but it depends on how much you want to spend. You can do it on the cheap, or you can do it for an arm and a leg. In the end, you can be the master of your system’s and your iTunes’ volumes.

The Day I X’d Comcast: Hopping on over to Dish Network

Comcast, namely Xfinity and its Xfinity TV, sucks. It is expensive, and I don’t even get what I want out of my entertainment through its services.

Today, I have ended my consumer relationship with Comcast for it’s TV services and started a new one with Dish Network.

Here’s why:

The Hopper with Sling is an awesome experience. It boasts 2TB storage space, contra. the Xfinity X1 with a maximum 500GB. It also boasts the automatic commercial skipper (for select shows, and only after 11pm the day the show airs), also contra. the X1, whichhas nothing like it. The Hopper can record 6 shows simultaneously whilst the X1 can only record up to 4. Plus, the Hopper can sling contents to an iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone to watch recordings on the go. The X1 doesn’t exactly have that ability.

But the Hopper with Sling is not the only reason to leave Comcast. I have bemoaned on multiple occasions how unsatisfied I am with Xfinity Sports’ HD coverage for soccer, namely with beINSport. Furthermore, for whatever reason, Comcast cannot come to an agreement with beINSport to permit their customers to participate in beINSport Play, which adds the ability to watch more soccer games online than are aired on their channel. Dish not only offers beINSport in HD, but it also offers Play.

And for close to the same cost as my Xfinity Triple Play that merely provides a TV digital starter bundle with additional sports package, which does not include Fox Sports 2, I will get all of the sports channels that I desire plus a ton of channels for my wife and son that we don’t already have through Comcast. That’s right: for our tastes, Dish provides more channels for less money.

To make it work, I am canceling my Triple Play and retaining only the broadband Internet connection. I will no longer have a home phone. I do have a cell phone, so I have given up a home phone number. But this is an AT&T cell phone, and as I do have a MyCell, I can add on unlimited MyCell minutes for less than the cost of my home phone. Not only will I have the same end goal–a working phone number with unlimited minutes at home–but I will cut out all of the pesky, irritating telemarketers.

All things considered, it’s a no-brainer: Dish is superior. Good luck, Comcast!

[EDIT] So, I see that Dish doesn’t show “HD” for beINSport. However, the feed is definitely HD; I wonder if Dish doesn’t mark it as HD because they aren’t using an SD broadcast at all. Either way, the video quality of the broadcast of beINSport on Dish is superior to Comcast’s. [/EDIT]