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Cable television is a system of providing television to consumers via radio frequency signals transmitted to televisions through fixed optical fibers or coaxial cables as opposed to the over-the-air method used in traditional television broadcasting (via radio waves) in which a television antenna is required. FM radio programming, high-speed Internet, telephony, and similar non-television services may also be provided.

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1 Broke promises Lied about format, reality shows, marathons
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2 Low introductory rates Bill goes WAY up in time unless you then downgrade
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3 Rising rates Seems like they raise once every month
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4 Lowering entertainment value $100+/month of 200 reality channel just to get HBO
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5 Never Boned Still rocks.
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6 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 I told the cable company I wanted to cancel their TV services but keep my ISP. They tell me that if I drop cable TV from my bundle, I'll only save $10 a month on the bill. That seems hard to believe. I wish info on their pricing plans was easily available and not just the whim of some salesman on the phone. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on August 29, 2013, 9:08 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Reality shows, infomercials, countless reruns and sub-par prime-time shows. Need I say more? Makes me long for living in the 70s when we only had 7 or 8 channels! -- Submitted By: (diezman) on April 15, 2013, 8:11 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Pelirojo: Yup. Bruce Springsteen. My favorite song of his actually. Makes me want to join a growing numnber of people who are starting to ditch TV altogether for Netflix and something called Roku I only just heard of last week. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on August 25, 2012, 5:25 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Wasn't there a song called '57 Channels and Nothing's On' back in the 80's? Now there are HUNDREDS and even LESS on. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on August 24, 2012, 10:25 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I have to agree with Stryker Cable TV is crap nothing more. -- Submitted By: (Jp) on August 14, 2012, 7:52 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 @stryker73. Hell, you can link up the computer to the TV with the HDMI cable now (apparently something that could have been done for years now). You can also play DVDs on your laptop (I have known about this for a long time as well). Put those two together and bugger cable TV (and free to air as well) forever. -- Submitted By: (johnnydough) on August 14, 2012, 6:10 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 Yeah, we get our 'cable' through our phone & internet provider. No complaints in terms of service but we are definitely weighing our options with regard to 'cutting the cable' in 2013. The cost has really begun to outweigh the benefit in our opinion. With the current package we take, we currently get approximately 300 channels. Easily 20% of those are Spanish language channels. I have nothing against the language or Spanish speaking people in general- but I don't speak the language at all! Thus those channels are useless to me and frankly a waste of my money. another 25% of those are sports channels and- I don't really watch a lot of sports. Again- waste! On top of all that, we just don't watch a lot of television anymore, and when we do- it's very specific shows. I'm thinking we'll keep our internet and phone with our current provider and go with one or two of the On-Demand services (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) and just start buying seasons of our favorite shows on Blu-Ray. -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on August 14, 2012, 3:20 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 not really worth having it anymore as much as it costs now, you're really paying for local channels (which you can get for free) and reality shows out the wazoo.. if you can get netflix, youtube, or hulu as well as any other site that has shows on demand, why even have it? and you can get netflix on your tv, right? -- Submitted By: (stryker73) on August 13, 2012, 4:53 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Travoltron, I've got you beat. My mom deliberately kept TV out of the house until I was almost 9 because of fears it would rot my brain, and this was the late 70s/early 80s when all you had to worry about from TV was excessive cheesiness. Then when I finally got one we never had cable either. I did get DirecTV in '01 and I can't believe you're shocked at how much reality TV has taken over, it's not as if satellite and cable get different channels. TBS, TNT, Cartoon network, USA, etc. are the same no matter what kind of TV package you have. (BTW I'm hoping the statute of limitations is up for when I and a couple of other people conspired to rig up an illegal cable hookup in my college dorm, this was in the 90s when TV was still cool for the most part.) -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on July 20, 2012, 5:34 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 My dad was a cheapskate and would never get us cable TV. I always vowed that when I grew up I would get it. I'm finally in a financially secure situation and got cable at last as of a week ago. And guess what, it's crap. So many channels, but all those channels are full of reality shows. And I have to pay extra for HD, when it's free over the antenna. When the low promotional price expires in 6 months, I'm probably going to cancel unless the programming improves. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on July 18, 2012, 9:57 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 They raise their rates so just pick up the phone and call them. Ask for a better rate and they'll usually give it to you. If not, threaten to leave and they will give you a better deal. They still suck though. -- Submitted By: (JoeBagODonuts) on April 5, 2012, 8:03 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
12 I've had it with cable!!! All that's on are reality shows, it seems and what good programming there is on cable, there's a commercial every 2 minutes! I'm going back to no-cable and a good Netflix subscription! -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on July 28, 2010, 6:38 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 Free-to-air TV sucks, especially in Australia thus it would seem that cable would be better. There is a slightly better variety but not by that much. With all the same shows being played ad nauseum there is not a noticeable difference, and to see the GOOD shows you need to fork up extra money. It is generally useless now with *other* ways of acquiring the shows you want with little cost but the initial price. *taps nose* -- Submitted By: (johnnydough) on May 29, 2010, 7:26 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
14 One of my friends used to have DirecTV until he moved, and now he has cable. He HATES it. On DirecTV if you want to know what's on you just hit the "guide" button and start scrolling. On cable there's a guide "channel" which scrolls through so slowly you're actually better off just flipping through channels one by one! Not to mention you can;t even watch it without being subjected to some horrible celebrity ads. Literally, ads for celebrities! -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on March 6, 2010, 6:10 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
15 How about, like most all areas, where you only have one Cable TV provider (Comcast in my area), and they always jack up the price of cable, and provide poor service to boot. I even remember my parents about 10 or so years back deciding to go back to cable, and calling Comcast to hook it up. Nobody came for days, and when someone finally came, my parents were so pissed off at them for taking so long to even send someone, they said screw it, and threatened to go to Satellite TV. A decision they have not regretted since. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on March 5, 2010, 4:11 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
16 I remember when Cable TV first came to my Hometown (Redford, Michigan) in 1980. We were promised two things if we subscribed. First, we were promised a much greater variety of programming, with channels geared to our tastes, be it Educational, Sports, Science-Fiction, Vintage TV Shows, you name it. Second, since we were PAYING for these channels, we were told we would have LESS ADVERTISING. Thirty years later and what do we have? Dozens of Channels that essentially show THE SAME PROGRAMMING, infested with 20 or more Minutes of Commercials per Hour! -- Submitted By: (Regulus) on March 5, 2010, 3:24 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
17 I remember The Simpsons episode where Homer stole cable. The family read a pamphlet of myths vs facts to alleviate their guilt about stealing cable. One was: "MYTH: It's only fair to pay for quality entertainment. FACT: Most shows get two stars or less and are repeated ad nauseum." That episode is over 20 years old. And that particular myth vs fact still holds true. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on February 2, 2010, 2:41 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
18 Cable is a waste of money. You get all these channels and only a few of them you ever watch. Worse yet, many of the older cable channels changed their format to become more general in order to reach more audiences, ignoring their original purpose. Remember when A&E and Bravo were devoted to arts, then started showing network reruns and reality shows? Remember when MTV2 tried to restore the former music only format of MTV and then started to have reruns of shows from the first network? Remember TNN was the "Nashville" Network devoted to country music lifestyles and then became the "National" Network to broaden their programming, and now known as Spike TV? In the end, you might find that to watch any good shows you can go online and get what you want while ignoring the rest. Save the TV screen for movie night. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on November 21, 2009, 10:14 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
19 Cable TV boned the fish because they lie, cheat, and steal! They lie because every station is like MTV now; they lie about what they show (e.g. The History Channel is now "The Future Channel"; Cartoon Network is now "Live-Action Network", etc.), they replace their regular schedules with monotonous marathons, and reality TV is pretty much the only thing we ever see on cable nowadays. They cheat us out of what was once a great medium, and we are robbed at least $40 a month because of this monstrosity! Thank goodness for digital local TV; it's like watching cable FOR FREE!!!!! -- Submitted By: (SVN) on October 11, 2009, 6:34 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote

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