Building off of yesterday's post, I've got a minor rant about TV service. It seems to me that the TV company we use, Comcast, has room for improvement. My family finally got an HD TV, and the new Comcast HD service they're using still isn't working well.
The special new HD box has 700 or so channels. That's great, until you learn that half of them are channels listed as "unavailable". It's rather hard to find the channels you actually want to watch, because they're hidden inside hundreds of unavailable channels.
Suggestion #1: Don't bloat the TV guide with channels that aren't actually there.
Half of the channels that we do get are duplicate channels. You get NBC, and NBC HD. ESPN, ESPN HD. Cartoon Network, Cartoon Network HD. (I suspect that the two Cartoon Network channels are, in fact, one and the same.) Is it really necessary for them to offer non-HD material on their HD-service?
Suggestion #2: Remove all duplicate channels.
The bad part is that they're probably forcing us to pay twice, for the same channels. That seems totally unfair. And speaking of getting rid of unnecessary TV channels...
Suggestion #3: Let me pick which channels I want to watch.
Despite all Comcast's talk about how they offer "personalized entertainment experiences", I think it's rather impersonal to force everyone to buy the exact same TV packages. I don't want to buy channels in bulk, because that always involves buying channels that I'll never watch, such as foreign language channels.
Why not just let me pick and choose the five or so channels that I actually watch? Oh, that'd be so nice. No more sorting through huge TV guides, full of stuff I don't want. Instead, my TV would only tune into things I actually want to watch!
And it'd be super cheaper, because I'd only have to pay for five channels, instead of 500.