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  •  No Olympics for me. No cable! (24+ / 0-)

    Jeers to Cable TV: 300 channels of shit.

    Jeers to Sirius: I got my wife a 6 month subscription to sirius for her birthday. Sirius will badger you incessantly about stuff but sometimes they wil sell us 6 months for $25. That's more than I want to pay but its for my wife.

    I always call to cut it off the day before it is slated to 'rollover' and be rebilled at a ridiculously higher rate.

    It is easier to pull your own molar out than it is to get those assholes at Sirius to cancel your account. they dont listen to anything you have to say, so I end up yelling and curing at them, then I get sent to the person who will "cut off the account" only to have to do the same song and dance again.

    This time the did cut off the account so it wouldn't rebill but they left a 10-day "trial" on her radio, which initially made me think they had sandbagged me.

    I called them, furious, and asked if they spoke English there: long, long pause, followed by "yes...we speak english"

    "Then what in the fuck does "cut it off mean? leave it on"?

    Capitalism.

    UGH.

    Legal means "good".
    [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

    by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 05:30:38 AM PST

    •  Satellite radio... (19+ / 0-)

      I got lucky with the Sirius-XM folks. As much time as I spend on the road, I need something besides the wasteland that is terrestrial radio (not to mention the paucity of stations of any kind in places like Wyoming). I first signed up in 2005.

      About 5 years ago, it was time for me to renew. Their website had a glitch and would not take me to the payment page. I called customer service and was promptly connected to an actual human being. When I told him that I was ready to pay for 2 years, he informed me of a promotion whereby I could buy a lifetime subscription for $100 or $200 more, I forget the exact amount. I said yes. Now I don't have to deal with renewals. I just turn the radio on and listen. And I constantly remind myself not to die any time soon.

    •  You don't need cable to watch Olympics. (5+ / 0-)
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      GreenDog, drmah, NonnyO, The Marti, diggerspop

      They're on NBC.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 07:51:17 AM PST

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    •  If the Olympics are on NBC (3+ / 0-)
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      ... you should be able to get them on Hulu..., or on the NBC web site.

      I dunno for sure if the standard things apply when it comes to Olympics as they do for regular programming.

      I won't be watching, I don't think.  Do they have ice skating singles or doubles competition?  If I find out they do, maybe I'll see if I can find excerpts on Hulu.  Normally I like the Olympic level ice skaters' routines.  When they're good, they're very, very good.  When they're bad.... Uff da.

      I watch a couple of NBC shows and get them on Hulu by 5 a.m. the following morning.  Ditto the other traditional networks.  ABC started the whole fucking nonsense of what Fux did with Bones and withhold their programs a week to see if anyone will buy into streaming services or Hulu Plus (where there's no advantage other than seeing the shows the following morning instead of waiting a week; Hulu shows ads on their Hulu Plus services, so paying gives no one any advantage to opting out of stupid ads).  I checked into the ABC site to see if I could watch the shows and rudely discovered the webstreaming services logos and the question to the effect: "What web streaming service do you subscribe to?"  Ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh...!  None!  [Exit; Stage Left, even!]

      Hulu is where I watch Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert daily (when they're not on vacation).

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 04:10:08 PM PST

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