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]

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Comcast (@XFINITY @XFINITY_TV @XFINITYSports) and BeIn Sport (@beINSPORTUSA): A new year, but same old controversy

Check out my previous posts on this subject here.

Here’s my current inquiry:

The issue I have is two-fold:

  1. BeIn Sport is now 1 year old, and Comcast still is not offering it in HD.
  2. BeIn Sport offers beinsportplay.tv for additional streaming of games not aired on TV, but Comcast isn’t a supported provider yet.

The controversy remains the same: as big as Comcast is, why haven’t they worked diligently to take care of their customers and provide them with the services they are demanding?

Feel free to chime in at the Comcast forums:

Don’t be afraid to tweet Comcast relentlessly:

Inter Milan 2-2 Rubin

Home cooking does it’s job on us again. Or is it The Curse of the Plastic Pitch? Whatever it is, there are enough slack performances at home to make people talk as though there was a block or something. Me? I just don’t think that this is a a consistently good team yet. It’s not a knock on the coach or the players or the front office. It’s just where we are in the rebuilding process as far as I can see it. I personally am not panicking because everything that I see is still better than last season. I will say this until I make someone physically vomit – I will be happy with progress. As far as I can see, we are still a better team – not just in record and table standing – than we ever were with Gasperini and perhaps Ranieri, even considering that nice run we had in December.

As a matter of fact, I think that we were the better team in the first half and unlucky to have conceded a penalty. Don’t misunderstand, it was a penalty, no complaints. And Handanovic did an excellent job blocking the kick. But the follow through by the group lining the area who allowed the rebound goal… stink – o. I think that the team stunk up the joint as the second half wore on. Up to the final whistle, I thought we were lucky to draw watching the stink -a- roo the last 45 minutes of that game ended up being.

Looking back, that was a lot of stink. (Inter Milan Offside Blog)

Well done, Livaja and Nagatomo for finding the net to salvage a point.

Forza Inter!

Inter Milan 1-3 Roma

Fox Soccer Match Trax | Inter Milan Offside Live Opinion

Inter’s first strong test of the season came today at home against Roma. And Inter failed said test. Offensively, we looked uncertain. Defensively, we looked unstable. Ultimately, it culminated in 2 well executed Roma goals with 1 bearing a nice deal of luck, and 1 Inter goal that was totally the result of luck. Not a good result for the Nerazzurri whatsoever. Cassano’s loan goal, his first for Inter this season, was totally luck, but he scored nonetheless.